Pedestrian Injury Lawyer Mesa AZ
Arizona Pedestrian Deaths Are Concerning
The number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown sharply in recent years. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released a report revealing some startling data. During the 10-year period from 2009 to 2018, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 53%, going from 4,109 deaths in 2009 to 6,283 deaths in 2018. In other words, more than 2,100 additional pedestrian deaths in 2018 compared with 2009. A pedestrian injury lawyer Mesa AZ can investigate liability, obtain witness statements, and consult with an accident reconstructionist.
The number of all other traffic deaths increased by 2%. Along with the increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities, pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total motor vehicle crash deaths increased from 12% in 2009 to 17% in 2018. The last time pedestrians accounted for 17% of total U.S. traffic deaths was over 35 years ago, in 1982.
Five states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, accounted for nearly half, or 47% of all pedestrian deaths. Here is a list of the ten states with the highest number of pedestrian traffic deaths from January 2019 to June 2019:
1. California 519
2. Florida 368
3. Texas 313
4. New York 120
5. Georgia 116
6. North Carolina 112
7. Arizona 111
8. South Carolina 83
9. New Jersey 79
10. Pennsylvania 74
A pedestrian injury lawyer Mesa AZ can advise a victim concerning the settlement and litigation process, the prospect of depositions, what can happen at a settlement conference or a jury trial.
Here is the list of the five states with the highest number of a Pedestrian Fatalities by state per 100,000 population from January 2019 to June 2019:
1. New Mexico 2.24
2. Hawaii 1.77
3. Florida 1.76
4. South Carolina 1.61
5. Arizona 1.53
A total of fifteen states had pedestrian fatality rates of 1.0 or higher per 100,000 population, compared with 12 states in 2018. Based on the projected number of pedestrian fatalities in 2019, GHSA projects a pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population of 2.0, which would be the largest pedestrian fatality rate in the U.S. since 1997. Unfortunately, Arizona has already been well above that rate.
Top five states for pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 population in 2018:
1. New Mexico 4.0
2. Louisiana 3.5
3. Florida 3.3
4. Arizona 3.3
5. South Carolina 3.2
Most pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas. The total number of pedestrian fatalities for the 10 largest cities increased by about 7% from 2017 to 2018. For instance in Phoenix, there were 94 pedestrian deaths in 2017, but there were 110 pedestrian deaths in 2018.
Pedestrian accident causes can include, but are not limited to, drunk driving, distracted driving, and poor visibility. Law enforcement and other government agencies are working to improve pedestrian safety through enforcement, engineering, and education. If you or someone you know involved in a pedestrian accident, a pedestrian injury lawyer Mesa AZ should provide a free consultation, there should be no fees unless a settlement is obtained. For more information, contact the office of Paul Englander, PLC.