Not All Good News: Report Shows Pedestrian Accidents Increased in 2010

by Carmen Dellutri on January 5, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyAs we noted in yesterday’s post, U.S. traffic fatalities fell to 32,885 last year, the lowest level since 1949. Unfortunately, the report did not contain all good news.

Surprisingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report shows that pedestrian fatalities rose 4.2% in 2010 over the previous year. The number of pedestrians injured in motor vehicle crashes rose an astonishing 19%, to 70,000.

As Florida personal injury attorneys, these new numbers are particularly concerning given that Florida is already home to three of the deadliest cities for pedestrians—Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, and Jacksonville.

The dramatic increase also follows four straight years of falling pedestrian deaths, and a 14% decrease in pedestrian fatalities from 2000 to 2009. As such, many experts are puzzled by the new statistics.

Quite frankly, I don't know why they went up," James Hedlund, a former NHTSA official who researched pedestrian safety in January for the Governors Highway Safety Association told USA Today. "Nobody knows. As far as I can tell, nobody has studied the issue. The data (are) too new."

Possible explanations that have been proposed are increased pedestrian distraction, pedestrian alcohol impairment, and roads that are designed for cars not people.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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