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Pedestrian fatalities fall after three years on the rise

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently proposed plans to reduce car accident fatalities. In the wake of that proposal comes news that fatalities caused by pedestrian accidents dropped 8.7 percent in the first half of last year after three years on the rise.

The Governors Highway Safety Association said pedestrian deaths had risen 15 percent from 2010 through 2012 before last year's welcome decline.

The association surveyed all the states and Washington D.C., noting that in the first six months of last year there were 1,985 pedestrian fatalities across the U.S. In the same period a year earlier, there had been 2,175 pedestrian deaths.

Overall traffic fatalities also fell last year, dropping four percent.

The association noted that in 2012, pedestrian fatalities represented one quarter of all traffic fatalities in our state.

The GHSA chairman said though the decline in deaths last year is “good news…it’s too soon to celebrate.” He added that one area for concern in both car accidents and pedestrian accidents is distractions.

As we all know, drivers are far too often distracted when they’re behind the wheel, but there is increasing evidence that pedestrians, too, are often distracted and sustaining injuries as a result.

De Blasio’s plan includes cracking down on speeding, redesigns of dangerous intersections and an effort to lower New York City’s default speed limit 5 mph, down to 25 mph.   

Pedestrians struck by vehicles often sustain severe injuries resulting in enormous medical expenses. An experienced personal injury attorney can help the victim pursue full and fair compensation for all damages.

Source: Detroit News, "Pedestrian deaths fall in '13, reversing trend," David Shepardson, March 5, 2014

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