According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were 6,227 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2018, the highest number of pedestrian deaths seen since 1990 and an increase by 250 deaths over 2017. California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths of all states, although New Mexico had the highest pedestrian death rate per resident population. The GHSA believes that population growth and a higher number of people driving have contributed to the rise in pedestrian deaths, but also blames the prevalence of SUVs and smartphone use.
Pedestrian Deaths Rose While Other Traffic Deaths Declined
The rise in pedestrian deaths has not come in the midst of a rise in overall traffic deaths. To the contrary, while pedestrian deaths increased by 35% over the last decade other types of traffic deaths dropped by six percent.
The number of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) involved in pedestrian deaths grew disproportionately. According to the GHSA, since 2013 the number of SUVs involved in pedestrian fatalities rose by 50% while the number of non-SUV passenger vehicles grew by 30%.
Alcohol Still a Factor for Drivers and Pedestrians
Even though DUI laws are tougher than ever, alcohol remains a big factor in pedestrian deaths. In 2017, about half of all crashes killing pedestrians involved alcohol impairment by the driver, the pedestrian or both.
If someone you love has been killed in a fatal pedestrian accident or it you have been seriously injured as a pedestrian in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, please call Sheridan & Rund, PC, at 888-640-6789 or email us today to schedule your free consultation and find out how we can help.