In recent years, the United States has seen a troubling increase in pedestrian fatalities. In fact, 2022 marked a 41-year high in pedestrian deaths. This alarming trend leaves many of us questioning: What is driving this increase in pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrian Accidents Factors
Road safety experts have identified several factors contributing to this rise. One of the most significant is reckless driving, which has surged during the pandemic. Speeding, impaired, and distracted driving have all been implicated in increased pedestrian deaths. It's a stark reminder that drivers' actions can have devastating consequences.
Another major contributor is the changing landscape of our suburbs. Pedestrian accidents have inevitably increased as these areas become denser and more people walk in neighborhoods designed primarily for cars. The lack of sidewalks and ultra-dangerous roads in neighborhoods exacerbate the problem.
The type of vehicles on the road also plays a role. Over the last two decades, a notable increase in sales of larger vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs, has occurred. Due to their size and height, these vehicles can pose greater risks to pedestrians.
Interestingly, advancements in headlamp technology have also been linked to the rise in pedestrian fatalities. An increase in vehicles fitted with LED and HID headlamps has correlated with a growth in pedestrian fatality numbers. While these lights improve visibility for drivers, they can potentially blind pedestrians and other road users, leading to accidents.
The reasons behind the rise in pedestrian fatalities are complex and multifaceted. However, we must address this issue urgently. Pedestrian safety should be at the forefront of urban planning and road design. Drivers must also be held accountable for reckless behavior that puts pedestrians at risk.
Giving the Injured a Voice
At The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, we're committed to advocating for the rights of pedestrians injured in accidents. With our extensive experience and aggressive representation, we fight tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, we're here to provide the support and legal guidance you need. Contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation. (713) 561-5454