A pedestrian in the United States is killed every 85 minutes. Does that seem high? It is, and the numbers are unfortunately getting worse.
- In the 10 years from 2009 to 2018, pedestrian deaths increased by 53%. During this same period, all other traffic-related deaths increased by only 2%.
- In 2020 pedestrian deaths increased by 21%. This is especially shocking since there were fewer cars on the road due to the pandemic.
- Pedestrians in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s accounted for more than half of the increase in pedestrian fatalities.
The possible causes for the drastic increase in pedestrian deaths are varied and there does not seem to be an overwhelming consensus between safety groups. A few causes that do surface to the top include alcohol impairment by either the driver or the pedestrian and distracted drivers and/or pedestrians.
The following common-sense tips should help decrease the chances of a pedestrian-involved accident:
- Never assume a motorist sees you.
- Don’t get distracted by electronic devices.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways.
- Don’t take walks after you have been drinking.
- Cross at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.
Be safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.