Pedestrian Accident Deaths Continue to Increase Each Year

According to national statistics, the number of pedestrian accident deaths continues to rise each year. Multiple studies have found several factors for the continued increase in deaths. One factor is the growing popularity of SUVs and light trucks. Ten years ago, these two types of vehicles made up 48 percent of new vehicle sales. A decade later and these vehicles make up 70 percent of new vehicle sales. Since these styles of vehicles are much larger and heavier than a sedan, pedestrians who are struck often suffer more severe injuries that are just too catastrophic to survive.

Studies also cite cell phone use and driving as another factor for the increase. Many drivers continue to engage in distracted driving activities, despite the known dangers and – in many states – the fact these activities are against the law.

Other Studies

There have also been multiple studies that have found that certain factors put people more at risk of being killed or seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. The time of day is one factor, with about 75 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents occurring at night. This can be attributed to drivers dealing with decreased visibility, as well as a higher risk of driving under the influence of alcohol. Most fatal accidents occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.

The time of year also plays a significant factor. National statistics show that:

  • In the fall and winter, more fatal pedestrian accidents happened between 6 and 8:59 p.m. than between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • In the spring and summer, more fatal pedestrian accidents happened between 9 p.m. and midnight than between 6 and 8:59 p.m.

The age and gender of victims also may make a difference in the percentage of risk a pedestrian faces in being killed in an accident. More than 65 percent of victims are male and the most common age group of victims who are killed is between 50 to 54, for both males and females.

Let Our Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Help

For pedestrian accident victims who are fortunate to survive their injuries, the recovery can be a long and painful one. Our Virginia personal injury firm has successfully represented many pedestrian accident victims who were seriously injured because of a negligent driver. Some of the damages a victim can recover include medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, permanent disability, and more.

If you have lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal options your family may have for your pain and loss. Our firm will work diligently to get your family the financial justice you deserve.