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Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Indiana and Nationwide

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Updated July 31, 2020 | Auto Accidents |


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.

National Pedestrian Accident Statistics

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:

  • Failure to yield the right of way: 45.2%
  • Improper crossing of roadway or intersection: 19.9%
  • In roadway improperly: 14.7%
  • Not visible: 13.6%
  • Under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication: 9.6%

These numbers highlight the dangers pedestrians face on the roadways in the United States.

Indiana Pedestrian Accident Statistics

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.

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

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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