Updated July 31, 2020 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff
At some point, every person becomes a pedestrian. Unfortunately, the dangers of walking on or near roadways are all too real: Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise across the United States.
Data from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) estimates that 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2018—a 3% increase from 2017 and the most deaths since 1990.
NHTSA further broke down all pedestrian fatalities in 2018 by type. Here are the top five:
These numbers highlight the dangers pedestrians face on the roadways in the United States.
These rising numbers are a national confirmation of what the state of Indiana has already recognized. Just looking at the difference between 2016, 2017, and 2018 statistics paints a picture: 85 pedestrian fatalities (104% of total fatalities) in 2016 vs. 101 pedestrian fatalities (11.1% of total fatalities) in 2017 vs. 114 pedestrian fatalities (13.3% of total fatalities) in 2018.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car crash as a driver or pedestrian, you are urged to contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer from WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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