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Number of fatalities of pedestrians in a car crash growing

Any form of car crash in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. can cause significant damage to those involved. Particularly vulnerable are those who are pedestrians. Since a pedestrian can be severely injury or killed in an auto accident, it is important that drivers keep a close eye out for them and adhere to all the traffic signals and laws. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Studies are looking into motor vehicle crashes and how often pedestrians are involved.

The National Safety Council states that traffic fatalities have been growing across the country since 2009. Pedestrian fatalities have been increasing at a higher rate. There were 4,109 pedestrian deaths in a car crash in 2009 - 12 percent of all fatalities. That number rose to 5,376 in 2015 - 15 percent. The statistics for 2016 are still in the process of being analyzed, but some numbers are coming in and are troublesome.

The rise in Pennsylvania was 3 percent between 2010 and 2015. 153 pedestrians died in a car crash. 2014 was the worst year of the decade when 166 people died. It is believed that the greater number of people on the road as well as growing number of ways for drivers to be distracted are contributing factors to the increase in pedestrian deaths. The statistics manager at the NSC believes that distraction is a major issue for drivers hitting pedestrians. Apps and texting and driving are giving drivers options to pay attention rather than the road. Talking on a phone while driving - even with a hands-free device - is thought to be distracting.

While federal agencies have a notable goal to end road fatalities in the next 30 years, there are still a vast number of pedestrians who are injured or killed in an auto accident right now. They suffer serious injury, lose time at work and might need extensive care. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will need to think about how they are going to make ends meet. With these statistics, it is especially important that those who have been affected by a pedestrian-car crash know what to do in its aftermath. Speaking to a car accident attorney can help with pursuing a case for compensation whether there were injuries or a death.

Source:, "Pedestrian deaths up across country and in Pennsylvania," Steve Karnowski, Jan. 16, 2017

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