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Pedestrians in Denver, throughout Colorado and across the United States must be on guard to avoid being injured in a collision with a vehicle. The dangers that pedestrians face goes beyond simply being hit in an auto accident. The litany of issues people face after a pedestrian-auto accident are many and can cause substantial disruptions in a person’s life if they are injured. Often, however, a pedestrian crash results in injuries so severe that the victim dies. Researchers are proactive in their attempts to identify the source of the problem and formulate solutions. Recently, a new study was released showing that there was been a statistical worsening in pedestrian fatalities.
The Governors Highway Safety Association says that there were, according to its estimates, more than 6,200 pedestrian fatalities across the nation in 2018. That is the most in 28 years. It is also an increase of around 250 from the year before. The numbers are based on the first half of the year and available information. Since 2008, there has been a 41 percent increase in pedestrian deaths overall. These now come to 16 percent of all deaths in traffic crashes.
Understanding why this is taking place is a key to reducing its frequency. One concerning issue is the prevalence of SUVs, pickups and utility vehicles on the road. When a pedestrian is hit by one of these vehicles, there is an overwhelming likelihood that they will suffer catastrophic injuries and die. With SUVs, there was a 50 percent increase in pedestrian deaths in the years between 2013 to 2017. Increased population in certain states, encountering a distracted driver and inexpensive gas are also factors to think about.
A pedestrian accident can cause head injuries, back injuries, broken bones, cuts and internal damage. For those who have been affected by these accidents whether it is with injuries or losing a loved one, having legal advice from a law firm that understands all aspects of a pedestrian-auto accident can be critical to a successful case for compensation. Calling for a consultation is the first step to take.