Fatal pedestrian accidents on the rise
Even with the cooler weather, many people are out walking, whether it is for transportation or recreation. Walking is a great way to get exercise and an inexpensive method of travel. However, that doesn’t mean that being a pedestrian doesn’t carry any kind of risk, especially when people are in close proximity to traffic.
Many areas of the country report that fatal pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Here in Louisiana, a recent study found that this state is one of the most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians. Being struck by a vehicle is much more likely to result in fatality or injury for someone walking as opposed to someone in another vehicle simply due to basic physics. The study had several other findings that may help inform you and keep you and your family safe.
Specific data relative to Louisiana
The report looked at the number of walking people hit and killed by drivers in comparison to both the number of individuals living in each area and to the number of pedestrians who walk to and from work in each area. These findings from 2008 to 2017 were used to determine which states and metropolitan areas are the deadliest for pedestrians. The study found that Louisiana ranked number four on the list of most dangerous states.
When looking at different metropolitan areas, the report discovered that the New Orleans-Metairie metro area is the 42nd most dangerous out of 100 metro areas. That area has 1.84 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. Baton Rouge is on the list at number 12 with 2.21 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people.
The study revealed that the percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents nationwide went up almost 5%, and fatal bike accidents rose by 0.3%. While those numbers may not sound like much, motorist deaths dropped over 4% during the same time period. Experts are concerned that safety measures in place for drivers aren’t helping pedestrians or cyclists.
People who lose their lives in pedestrian accidents can be part of almost any demographic obviously. With this said, the report revealed that there is a higher likelihood of them being elderly, non-white and having a lower income. Researchers are still working to determine how to help everyone avoid pedestrian accidents, but they say that this is a risk that shouldn’t exist for anyone.
Where to seek help as a victim
Whatever the reason for a pedestrian accident may be, the result is typically serious injury or even death. If you or someone you care about has been hurt as a pedestrian in an accident with a careless driver, there are ways for you to seek justice. A knowledgeable legal professional can explain your available options.