1530 The Alameda, Suite 115, San Jose, CA 95126

Blog
Email UsEmail Us

FREE CONSULTATION

408-246-5500

Search

FREE CONSULTATION

408-246-5500

Providing legal counsel to San Jose and the Bay Area for over 30 years in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, employment and disability law.
Group Photo
Se habla español|Chúng tôi nói tiêng Việt

What Is to Blame for the Alarming Uptick of Pedestrian Deaths?

Posted on in Personal Injury

California wrongful death attorney, California pedestrian accident lawyerThe most recent data on pedestrian fatalities shows a steep increase compared to previous years. The number of pedestrian deaths for the first half of 2016 totaled 2,660, and experts estimate that the number of pedestrian fatalities in all of 2016 will be 5,997, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Accidents between cars and pedestrians are especially dangerous for the pedestrian. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney who can fully pursue your rights under California law.

Pedestrian Deaths In Previous Years

In 2015, there were 5,376 pedestrian fatalities, and in 2014 there were 4,910. Thus, the number of pedestrians fatalities in 2016 is estimated to be 11 percent higher than the 2015 figure and 22 percent higher than the 2014 figure.

In fact, 2016 could be the first year in more than 20 years that the number of pedestrian death exceeds 6,000. Pedestrian deaths since 2010 have increased at four times the rate of overall traffic fatalities.

Causes of the Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

Experts say that this type of increase is unprecedented and are alarmed at the statistics. While no one has been able to pinpoint the cause, the Governors Highway Safety Association points to several factors:

  • A better economy, which means that people are driving more, often for work;
  • An increased number of pedestrians; and
  • Driver and pedestrian distraction due to growing use of smartphones.

Experts say that smartphones are likely mostly to blame given their recent rise in use. From 2014 to 2015, wireless data use has more than doubled, according to the Wireless Association.

It is important to note that most pedestrian fatalities occur at night on a road designated for cars. Surprisingly, only 20 percent of pedestrian deaths happen at intersections where there are a larger number of pedestrians.

Contact a San Jose, CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney

The knowledgeable San Jose pedestrian accident lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group help accident victims recover for their injuries and hold accountable the parties liable for the accident. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of consortium. You should only trust your personal injury case with a firm that has decades of experience and a proven track record. Contact our office at 408-246-5500 today to schedule your first meeting with us.

 

Source:

http://www.ghsa.org/resources/spotlight-peds17

CALL TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH OUR EXPERIENCED SAN JOSE ATTORNEYS

TOLL FREE

408-246-5500

OR

800-576-4210
Back to Top