A recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates a 10 percent rise in pedestrians killed in auto accident in 2015 over the previous year. In Washington, D.C. alone, the GHSA estimates pedestrian deaths soared 40 percent in 2015 over 2014.
While 21 states actually saw a decrease in fatal pedestrian accidents, 26 others and the District of Columbia had increased in pedestrian deaths. Main, Utah, and Wyoming all saw their numbers stay the same.
According to the report, several factors contributed to the sharp rise in pedestrian deaths nationwide. Those variables included:
The GHSA’s findings detail a disturbing trend of rising pedestrian fatalities across the country. Some eye-catching statistics contained in the analysis show:
One bright spot of the report reviews concrete steps state and local governments take to try and curb pedestrian accidents. Some of the measures highlighted include:
The Washington, D.C. auto accident attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. understand the hardships victims and their families face following a serious accident. Whether someone is hurt as a pedestrian, passenger, or driver, the law gives those hurt by another’s negligence the legal recourse to seek compensation for damages.
If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in an auto accident, whether inside or outside a vehicle, contact The Cochran Firm, D.C, for a free consultation about your case. There are absolutely no fees to speak to our attorneys and we do not collect any of our legal fees unless we win your case.
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