In recent years, a great deal of attention has been devoted to traffic safety and reducing the likelihood of various types of traffic accidents, such as large truck wrecks and drunk driving accidents. However, pedestrian accidents are another very concerning aspect of traffic safety and these incidents can be especially damaging for pedestrians, who can be especially vulnerable to suffering a major injury or passing away. Furthermore, it is important for pedestrians to be aware of trends and the number of lives that are claimed in these accidents.
According to information that is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities in recent years. Sadly, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased between 2009 and 2015. However, there was a major decrease in the number of pedestrian fatalities (50 percent) between 1980 and 2009. This data shows that while recent years have seen progress in comparison to previous decades, trends remain worrisome.
Tragically, many pedestrians have lost their lives and this has become an even more concerning problem in recent years. If you regularly take to the road for exercise, to walk to work or for any other reason, it is very important that you watch out for vehicles. However, negligent drivers endanger the lives of the most responsible pedestrians and they should be held accountable for any suffering that they cause. Even when these accidents do not prove fatal, they can change the lives of victims and those they love in all sorts of ways.