According to a study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities are at a near 30-year high in the United States. Throughout 2018, a total of 6, 227 American pedestrians were fatally injured after being struck by motor vehicles.
Here in the state of Wisconsin, hundreds of pedestrians are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a member of your family are injured after being struck by a car, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve.
Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities
According to the GHSA study, pedestrian fatalities were up 4 percent in 2018. With this rise comes the question of why so many fatal accidents are occurring nationwide.
Throughout the U.S., distracted driving is a threat to all drivers and pedestrians. Due to the increased use of mobile phones, distracted driving accidents continue to rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 3, 450 Americans were killed due to distracted driving in 2016 alone. If a driver is using their cell phone while driving, they are less likely to see and react to a pedestrian.
While walking can be a great way to get exercise, walking at night can be dangerous. From 2008-17, nighttime pedestrian fatalities rose by 45 percent. When driving at night, it can be difficult to notice pedestrians. If you do plan to walk at night, wear bright clothing and follow all traffic laws.
Despite nationwide initiatives, increased surveillance by law enforcement, and strict criminal punishments, thousands of Americans make the reckless decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol each year. Approximately 29 Americans are killed due to drunk driving every day. In 2016, nearly 10, 500 people were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions caused by inebriated drivers.
Contact an Appleton Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents often involve severe injuries and long-term medical issues. From bone fractures to spinal injuries, being struck by an automobile can change your life. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our legal team is dedicated to securing full compensation for our clients. Your injuries could result in chronic pain, substantial medical expenses, and loss of work. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Green Bay, WI personal injury attorney who will fight for you, contact us today at 920-739-7366.