With the arrival of spring, more people tend to think about getting outdoors to enjoy the more temperate weather and change of seasons. Whether walking the dog or going for a jog, people can be in the position of being a pedestrian among vehicles at any turn. Sadly, there can be a very dangerous side to this reality as it seems too many drivers fail to make the safety of pedestrians the priority it deserves to be.
A recent increase in pedestrian fatalities
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths in Pennsylvania reached a dramatic 10-year high in 2018, claiming 197 lives that year alone. In 2009, the state recorded 134 pedestrian deaths which represented 10.6% of the state’s overall vehicular fatalities. The 2018 pedestrian death count represented 16.5% of all deaths in auto accidents. In 2017, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 13% of all vehicular deaths, down slightly from 14.3% the previous year.
In Centre County, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 9.2% of all deaths between 2014 and 2018. Of its seven neighboring counties, only two had higher percentages of pedestrian deaths in those five years. Foot traffic death accounted for 13.2% of all motor vehicle accident deaths in Clinton County and for 14.2% in Mifflin County.
It is important for pedestrians to understand both the risks of accidents and steps to take after an accident. A personal injury attorney experienced with motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania can be a helpful resource to learn what your options may be after a crash.