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Historically High Level Of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents remain a substantial traffic safety issue, both in the Chicago area as well as nationally.  Various statistics show that pedestrian accidents are at historically high, if not record high, levels.  Many of these pedestrian accidents result in the death of the pedestrian.

As previously discussed on this site, including on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page, when a person is struck by a vehicle a wide range of injuries can occur, and many are serious if not life-threatening in nature.   Many Chicago pedestrian accidents summarized on this site show a broad range of serious injuries resulting from such crashes, and it is common for such injuries to result in the immediate or near-term death of the pedestrian.

Recently the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) released a report on national pedestrian deaths titled “Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities By State:  2017 Preliminary Data.”

The Wall Street Journal article of February 28, 2018, titled “U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Near 6,000 for Second Straight Year, Report Says” discusses the report’s findings and the fatal pedestrian accidents trends.  As well, various reasons for the historically high level of fatalities are mentioned.

An excerpt from the article:

The report, written by Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Consulting, estimates 5,984 people died on foot last year from car crashes, based on the 2,636 fatalities that states reported in the first half of 2017. In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths nationwide, it said. The number of annual pedestrian deaths remained under 5,000 from 2007 to 2014, the report said, but has been trending higher since 2009.
Mr. Adkins said alcohol use is a “clear factor” in the rising death toll, noting that about a third of pedestrians killed in 2016 were legally drunk at the time. He called for public messaging akin to anti-drunk-driving campaigns. “If you’re too hammered to drive, you’re too hammered to walk, particularly at night,” he said.
Other reasons for the rise in deaths, as well as discussion of other preventative measures, are discussed in the article.


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