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Pedestrian accident numbers aren't flattering

Most people would like to think that we are always improving, both as individuals and as a collective society. Business practices should improve; our skills should improve; and road safety should improve. These are just a few examples, but you get the idea. However, in relation to that last point -- road safety -- improvement isn't always what we get as the years pass by.

As pedestrian accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows, pedestrian accident safety declined from 2006 to 2015. In 2006, there were 4,795 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. In 2015, that number increased by 12.1 percent, with 5,376 pedestrian fatalities.

The numbers get even worse when you look at pedestrian injuries that were suffered during this time frame. There were roughly 61,000 pedestrian injuries in 2006, but the number skyrocketed to 70,000 in 2015. That's an increase of about 14.8 percent. The NHTSA also notes that pedestrian accidents that affect people 14 years old or younger runs up a total cost of $5.2 billion every year.

Obviously, we have a long way to go to improve pedestrian safety. And there is clearly a trend here that represents a decline in the overall awareness of drivers and the safety of innocent people just walking along or in the street. When a pedestrian is injured in an accident and a driver is at fault for the wreck, the pedestrian and/or his or her loved ones should consider legal action.

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics," Accessed July 13, 2017

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