In a recent report on pedestrian safety, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 and in 2017 nationwide.
- The number of pedestrian fatalities increased 27 percent in the ten years from 2007 to 2016.
- The number of pedestrian fatalities has grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths.
- The report revealed that it has been more than 25 years since the U.S. experienced this level of pedestrian fatalities.
Speed, driver distraction, and eveningtime walking all contribute to car crashes that kill pedestrians with 5 percent of pedestrians killed each year by a drunk driver.
State and Local Strategies to Reduce Pedestrian Deaths
Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland have implemented plans to improve pedestrian safety through engineering, education, and enforcement.
- The District of Columbia’s action plan called “Vision Zero” aims to eliminate all pedestrian and traffic fatalities by 2024. http://www.dcvisionzero.com/action-plan.html#actionplan
- Virginia has a Pedestrian Safety Taskforce. PDF file | See also
- Maryland efforts include the Street Smart campaigns (bestreetsmart.net) and Walk Smart in Ocean City (ocwalksmart.com). http://www.sha.maryland.gov
Let The Koonz Firm Help You Today
In the wake of a pedestrian death of a loved one, the next steps to take are not always clear. At Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP, our attorneys have experience in handling pedestrian death cases and can help you determine the right course of legal action.
Even with state and local strategies to reduce pedestrian deaths, unfortunately, they are still occurring at an alarming rate. If a family member or loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian death in Virginia, Maryland, or the D.C. area, our attorneys can help you.
There’s no reason for you to go through this difficult time alone. Contact our firm today to speak with an attorney and schedule a free case evaluation.