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Fatal pedestrian-car accidents a concern in Lexington

People who are out walking in Lexington might think there is a minuscule chance of being injured or killed in pedestrian-car accidents. Technically, that may be a realistic belief. However, many are unaware of the statistics for the number of pedestrians who have been killed in 2018. In Lexington, there have been more fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018 than ever before. The numbers have been tracked since 1996. In 2008, there were 10 such fatalities. That total was reached again in 2016. In 2018, there have been 13 to date. People should be cognizant of these numbers and be aware of what they will face in the aftermath of pedestrian-car accidents.

The people who have died in these crashes has ranged in age. A four-year-old was killed in September by a driver who is believed to have been under the influence. The average age of people who were killed in pedestrian accidents is 50. For its part, the city is trying to make the roads safer for pedestrians. Between 2014 and 2017, there was a rise in each year with a total of 191 pedestrians who were hit by a car in 2017.

There has been an increase in deaths in 2018, but the number of pedestrians who have been hit by a motor vehicle has gotten lower. The numbers have been calculated through the end of September where there were 119 pedestrian crashes. In 2017, to that date, there were 143. While some of the incidents are due to pedestrians failing to adhere to the traffic laws themselves and are wearing clothing that makes it hard to see them at night, drivers are also responsible for these accidents with driving under the influence, speeding, recklessness, driving while distracted and other dangerous behaviors.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says that the number of pedestrian deaths across the nation has reached its highest levels in 25 years. In 2016 and 2017 almost 6,000 pedestrians died. From 2007 to 2016, there was a 27 percent rise in pedestrian deaths. Even when there is a pedestrian-car accident and the person does not die, the sheer vulnerability of a pedestrian lends itself to severe injuries that can lead to a long stay in the hospital and lifelong problems. This can include medical expenses, lost wages and more. When there is a death, the family will be left with having lost a loved one and needing to deal with the emotional and financial ramifications. A lawsuit can help with these issues. Calling a law firm that is experienced with pedestrian-car accidents is imperative to a case.

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