You may feel fortunate to live in an age where technology constantly allows for improved safety devices in vehicles. Airbags, automatic braking systems and advanced restraints increase the chances of surviving a motor vehicle accident and even escaping without serious injuries. However, the same cannot be said for pedestrians.
If you walk anywhere near traffic, even across the parking lot to the grocery store, you are at risk of an accident that may result in catastrophic injuries. In fact, studies show that the rate of pedestrian accidents has reached record numbers in recent years. Even more alarming is that more people are dying from their injuries. Analysts have their theories about how to change this trend, but it may come down to changing the behaviors of drivers.
Speed and distraction
Some researchers blame the increase in pedestrian accidents on the rise in population in certain regions. Others place the blame on pedestrians not crossing at intersections. While jaywalking is certainly a problem, and you may admit to crossing in the middle of the street for convenience, it may not be the most critical issue. In fact, drivers are not paying attention when they operate their vehicles. More drivers focus on their cell phones, GPS results or infotainment systems when they should be watching what is ahead of them.
Additionally, many drivers are going much too fast. A car traveling even at low speeds can cause tremendous damage to a pedestrian, including damage to the brain, spinal cord and internal organs. However, if a vehicle strikes you at 65 mph, you have little chance of survival. Since more car owners are choosing SUVs and other large vehicles, pedestrians are already at a serious disadvantage. Some studies relate the 30% rise in pedestrian deaths over the past 10 years to the sudden popularity of SUVs.
Seeking the help you deserve
Researchers can continue to argue about the reasons for the increase in pedestrian injuries and deaths, but the statistics may not matter to you. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, you want answers, especially those that will help you and your family move forward. A Pennsylvania driver who acted negligently by speeding or allowing distractions may be held liable for your medical expenses, pain and suffering. Reaching out for legal support may help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.