According to new statistics from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the annual number of pedestrian deaths in the nation has increased for the first time in five years. AOL.com reports that 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in 2010, which is a four percent increase from the 4,109 pedestrians killed in 2009. In addition, an estimated 70,000 were injured. Overall, pedestrians accounted for 13 percent of the 32,885 traffic-related fatalities in 2010, which is a one percent increase from the prior year.
The report also indicated that a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the U.S., on average. These latest statistics from the NHTSA do not include pedestrians or bicyclists that occurred on private property.
The state with the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities is Florida, with 2.58 occurring per 100,000 residents. The other states with a rate of pedestrian deaths are Delaware (2.45), Arizona (2.28), South Carolina (1.94), and Hawaii (1.91). The states that are the safest for pedestrians according to the NHTSA data are Nebraska (0.44), Kansas (0.52), Iowa (0.59), Wyoming (0.53), and both Idaho and Vermont at 0.64.
Over the past ten years, 46,930 pedestrians have been killed in the U.S., which is the safest decade on record. The AOL.com report notes that it is roughly the equivalent of “running over the population of Farmington, New Mexico or Grapevine, Texas.”
A pedestrian accident can frequently result in serious and life-threatening injuries as the pedestrian has no protection in a collision with a motor vehicle. The Omaha personal injury lawyers of Cullan & Cullan, LLC have extensive experience aiding those who have been harmed in an accident caused by another’s negligence and can provide you the outstanding legal representation you need to get compensation for your injuries. To discuss your accident claim with us at no cost, please call (402) 397-7600.