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Pedestrian deaths rise sharply in recent years

| Oct 3, 2017 | pedestrian accidents

In 2016, there were approximately 6,000 pedestrians killed throughout the United States. This was according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, and the number represents a 22 percent increase in the past two years. Minnesota pedestrians are generally more likely to suffer serious injuries in an accident because they have little or nothing to protect themselves from the impact.

In cities such as Los Angeles, there are many highways that have multiple lanes and high levels of traffic. When traffic becomes congested, it may be harder for a driver to see a pedestrian. According to the University of California Transportation Center, pedestrians are at higher risk of getting hurt when a road or highway has more than two lanes. Roads that are designed to help flow of traffic as opposed to keeping pedestrians safe may also play a role in increased pedestrian fatality rates.

Drivers may reduce the odds of a pedestrian accident by keeping an eye out for people on sidewalks or those who may be crossing. They should also exercise caution when driving in residential areas or near schools where children may be located. Pedestrians may reduce the odds of an accident by only using designated crosswalks. Furthermore, those who are walking or jogging at night should wear bright colored clothing to improve visibility.

A person who is injured in a pedestrian knockdown may wish to meet with an attorney to see what recourse might be available. If the pedestrian had the right of way at the time, or if the driver was negligent in some other fashion, then a lawsuit could be filed seeking appropriate compensation from the at-fault motorist.