Texas and other states around the nation recorded an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents throughout 2020. One study notated a fatality rate increase of 22% in the first half of 2020. This leads most to question what is causing the increase.
What are the causes of the increase?
The rise in pedestrian fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents has been blamed on a number of different factors. Some of these include impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding. One fact that has intrigued many researchers is that throughout 2020, there was a stark decrease in the number of drivers on the roadway. Even with fewer miles being put on the roadway by all vehicles, there were more pedestrian deaths.
Preventing pedestrian deaths
Many officials agree that preventing pedestrian deaths comes down to a multitude of factors. First and foremost is the education of the public about distracted driving behavior and its dangers to pedestrian walkers. Driving while distracted is negligent behavior, so pedestrians who get injured by a distracted driver may have good grounds for a legal claim against that driver.
Second is being smarter with engineering roadway designs and infrastructure to ensure safe crossings and more lighting so that drivers can more easily see pedestrians. As more of these changes are made in cities throughout the United States, only time will tell if they work to decrease the number of pedestrian fatalities that happen throughout the country.
The reality is that traffic accidents involving pedestrian deaths can be decreased if everyone does their part. From advocating for better roadway infrastructure to informing drivers about better pedestrian safety, there are many different tactics that can be implemented to help reduce the number of deaths that occur each year.