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Study shows number of pedestrian-car accidents spiked in 2018

When car accidents are discussed in Kentucky, the first thing that naturally comes to mind is that it was between two vehicles. However, some of the accidents that can place people in the greatest jeopardy to be injured and lose their lives are pedestrian accidents. With the lack of protection pedestrians have, there can be brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, internal injuries and more. With pedestrian accidents, it is not only important to think about the future with a possible legal filing, but it is also imperative to assess statistics of pedestrian-car accidents and consider whether these are useful in a case.

The Governor's Highway Safety Association conducted research showing that there was a spike in pedestrian accidents. They reached their highest amount in 28 years. This is believed to be due, in large part, to distracted drivers and larger-sized vehicles being on the road. According to its calculations, there were more than 6,200 deaths in pedestrian accidents across the nation in 2018. This is after there was a low of approximately 4,100 nine years earlier.

Safety advancements have made people inside vehicles safer, but this has not done much to help pedestrians. Along with larger vehicles like SUVs causing danger and drivers who are not paying attention to the road, there are other factors that are considered important in the rising number of fatal pedestrian accidents. That includes the rising number of people who are deciding to walk rather than drive. More pedestrians on the road means there is a higher number of people who can be injured in a crash. This is mitigated by the statistic that, of the increase in fatalities from 2009 to 2018, 90 percent happened at night.

Regarding SUVs, there was a rise of 50 percent in pedestrian fatalities from 2013 to the present. With other vehicles, it rose by 30 percent in that time. Pedestrians will be around 16 percent of fatalities in 2018. That was 12 percent a decade before. Regardless of the cause and circumstances surrounding pedestrian-car accidents, there are certain foundational issues that must be considered. That includes the costs for medical treatment, the inability to function normally at work and family challenges. When there is a fatality, those who were impacted will need to prepare for a funeral and devise ways to move forward in multiple ways without their loved one. A lawsuit can help to cover these expenses and secure compensation. A law firm that has helped others with car accidents should be called for guidance.

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