Pedestrian accidents went up 4.2% in 2010 from the year before. In prior years, pedestrian accidents had decreased 14%. So, what is causing this major increase?
“Quite frankly, I don’t know why they went up,” said researcher James Hedlund. “Nobody knows. As far as I can tell, nobody has studied the issue. The data (are) too new.”
As a personal injury law firm, we see far too many accidents as a result of distraction. The amount of drivers with cell phones has increase significantly, which could be causing a big problem for pedestrian accidents.
Another theory is that low-income residents and immigrants are moving to urban areas where many of these accidents are happening. Also, due to the tough economic time, many people are ditching their cars and walking or riding a bike. There are many more pedestrians on busy roads as a cost cutting initiative.
As a pedestrian, you must not assume that those around you notice you. If they are distracted, in a hurry, or just totally neglecting their surroundings, you have a high risk of getting hit. Even if you have a walk sign at the crosswalk, do not assume that drivers will stop.
Many pedestrian accidents happen while being pulled off to the side of a road. Remember, go as far as you can and do not stand near traffic. Stay in your car until help comes.
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