The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates a 10 percent
spike in pedestrian fatalities in 2015. Even more concerning, the projected
increase represents the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian fatalities
since national records have been kept.
San Diego pedestrians are also at higher risk for injury. California, Florida,
Texas, and New York accounted for 42 percent of all pedestrian deaths
in the first six months of 2015. Preliminary data suggest that 24 more
pedestrian deaths occurred in California when comparing the first half
of 2014 with the same time period of 2015. The increase translates to
a seven percent rise in pedestrian fatalities.
Overall, estimated 2,368 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2015,
which reflects a startling trend. The
GHSA report states that pedestrian deaths as a percent of total motor vehicle crash deaths
have increased steadily from 11 percent in 2005-2007 to 15 percent in 2014.
According to the GHSA, a number of factors could be contributing to the
increase in pedestrian fatalities. To start, roads and sidewalks are more
crowded. Thanks to declining fuel prices, Americans are driving more.
At the same time, more people are also walking for health, economic or
environmental reasons. Distractions on the part of both drivers and pedestrians
also likely play a role.
Finally, the GHSA notes that vehicles are becoming more and more “crashworthy,”
meaning the likelihood of drivers and passengers surviving a crash is
improving all the time. The same is not true for pedestrians. They remain
just as susceptible to injuries when hit by a motor vehicle.
If you or someone you love about has suffered serious injury in a California
pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to obtain the compensation
that injury victims deserve.