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Pedestrian deaths increase as car accident deaths dip

The crosswalk can be one of the most dangerous areas of the neighborhood. New statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that car accident fatalities are on the decline but that pedestrian accidents are becoming increasingly common. Pedestrian accidents are frequently very serious because a pedestrian has almost no protection from the impact of a car. Most of these accidents are attributable to driver negligence, which is why an injured pedestrian should contact an experienced Lehigh Valley personal injury attorney after a pedestrian accident.

There are many types of driver negligence which contribute to serious pedestrian accidents including speeding, ignoring traffic signs and lights, failing to stop at crosswalks and failing to yield the right of way. Any of these behaviors can result in a pedestrian injury and form the basis of a successful personal injury lawsuit.

One former NHTSA official said that the data are too new to know for sure why the rate of pedestrian accidents has increased. About 70,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in 2010, which is a 19 percent increase. The rate of pedestrian fatalities also jumped by over 4 percent that year.

Pedestrian and driver distraction seems to be one of the contributing factors to pedestrian accidents. Alcohol impairment is another factor. About half of the pedestrian accidents which happened in 2009 were influenced by the intoxication of a pedestrian or a driver. About 35 percent of the pedestrians were legally intoxicated whereas 13 percent of the drivers were.

Source: USA Today,"As U.S. road deaths drop, more pedestrians getting struck," Larry Copeland, Dec. 9, 2011

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