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Reasons for the Increase in Traffic-related Pedestrian Deaths

When it comes to traffic injuries and fatalities, an alarming percent of the people injured are pedestrians. In fact, pedestrian deaths account for fifteen percent of all traffic-related deaths. Numbers that high had not been seen in more than 25 years ago. In 2014, 4,884 people died as pedestrians in traffic accidents. The numbers continue to rise. The question has been raised over and over again. What is it that is causing such a rise in a Pedestrian accident? The following reasons answer some of the possibilities to this question.

  • The number of people using cell phones increases each day. Unfortunately, people are using these cell phones during transport. This is not just limited to drivers, but pedestrians, as well. They are not paying attention to their surroundings, and are subject to being hit by cars, trucks or bicycles. If neither the driver or the pedestrian is being watchful, that is a recipe for a nasty accident.
  • Statistics state that nearly 75 percent of the pedestrian deaths happen after dark. It is suggested that pedestrians are not wearing reflective clothing, or the possibility is that they are drunk. In fact, 15 percent of those killed had a blood alcohol content level at or above the legal limit.
  • Incidental statistics state that gasoline is cheaper than it has been in a long time. Therefore, there are more cars on the road, which increases the chances of a pedestrian being hit.
  • Another incidental factor is that the weather has been increasingly milder, with shorter winters. This accounts for more people taking advantage of the nicer weather to do more walking.
  • Traffic engineering designs may also account for some of the pedestrian deaths in traffic. For example, there are unmarked crosswalks at intersections which spell accidents waiting to happen.

There are other factors that lead to traffic-related pedestrian injuries and deaths. If there is going to be a chance at bringing the alarming numbers down, bad habits will have to change, and people will have to become more alert. If any people are interested in reading more about possible causes of pedestrian accidents, they can browse the following website, https://www.trafficsafetystore.com/blog/why-people-get-hit-eight-causes-of-pedestrian-accidents/.