Pedestrian Car Accident Deaths on the Rise

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Every year, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) prepares various reports on car accident statistics all across the United States. Recently, the GHSA has released its findings for 2018. A notable finding from last year is the high rate of pedestrian deaths from car accidents. The report found that the number of pedestrian deaths that occurred in 2018 is at the highest it has been since 1990. There was approximately a 4% increase from the number of deaths that occurred in 2017. Pedestrian deaths were studied from each state across the country to prepare this report. Within the report, there are statistics of increases in deaths in different states. North Carolina is one of the states with the largest amount of pedestrian deaths and a high increase year-over-year of pedestrian deaths from car accidents.


pedestrian-crossing-Mecklenburg-Union-Iredell-County-Injury-Lawyer-300x225The GHSA estimates that over 6,200 pedestrians were killed in car accidents across the US in 2018. There has been a growing increase of deaths steadily occurring from 2009. In 2018, pedestrian deaths account for 16% of all traffic deaths. The study found that half of all states had increases in their pedestrian deaths, with the remaining half either decreasing or staying the same.


Specifically in North Carolina, there was a 23% increase in pedestrian deaths in 2018 from 2017. The report finds that approximately 102 pedestrian deaths occurred in North Carolina in 2018. While 102 deaths might not seem significant, accounting for only .02% of deaths across the country, it is a rising number that is of concern, nonetheless. These reports and studies are an excellent tool for North Carolina officials to use in determining new laws or statutes to try and curb the increase in pedestrian fatalities.


There is no one cause that the study attributes to the increase in deaths, but the GHSA does have its suspicions. Smartphone use by drivers has certainly increased over time. Using a phone or any other electronic device while driving is distracting and can result in an accident and injury to you or others around you. The smartphone trend is not just limited to drivers. Pedestrians can also be guilty of being distracted by their phones and not paying attention to vehicles driving around them. Heavy darkness, impairment by alcohol and/or drugs, and busy urban areas are also contributing factors to rising pedestrian accident rates.


If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you. Accidents can be devastating, even if they do not end in fatalities. Life altering injuries can happen following any accident, especially if it is a pedestrian versus a car. We want to help get you the maximum compensation for your damages, given the circumstances of the case. Our attorneys are ready and waiting to help you. Contact us today for a consultation. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and our new location in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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