Fatalities in Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents up 60% Since 2011
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of people dying in pedestrian and bicycle accidents increased by 60% between 2011 and 2022. It is unclear why this dramatic spike in pedestrian and bike accident fatalities has occurred, especially as vehicles have overall become safer. However, some have pointed to an increase in people purchasing larger vehicles, which may be contributing to the problem.
What Do the Statistics Say?
According to the NHTSA’s recently released data, fatalities in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents went up by about 60% between 2011 and 2022. While the number of fatalities in auto accidents increased overall over the same period, with there being a 6.8% increase in overall fatalities in 2020 alone, pedestrians and bicyclists saw the worst increase by far. This is despite the fact that vehicles have typically been getting better safety ratings over time.
Why is This Happening?
While no exact cause has been pinpointed, some have pointed to an increase in the amount of people buying large vehicles, such as SUVs, trucks, and vans. Not only do these vehicles have substantially worse visibility compared to smaller vehicles, they are much heavier, meaning that they have a much harder impact on anyone they hit. In addition, some point to a flaw in the way vehicle safety tests are conducted, where the only factors considered are what happens to passengers inside the car. What happens to those the vehicle impacts into is irrelevant to current safety standards.
What Can Be Done to Prevent It?
One of the most immediate steps that can be taken is to reevaluate current safety standards, to better take into account the effects of vehicles that get into pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Others have suggested using cameras and other methods to improve visibility for larger vehicles, which can reduce the possibility of an accident. The NHTSA has also proposed implementing automatic braking systems that would help bring vehicles to a halt when a pedestrian is detected in front of a vehicle.
What Should You Do?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling motor vehicle accidents. They can help you determine your best course of action, and ensure you get justice for the harm you have suffered. The sooner you contact them, the sooner they can get to work to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in New York City and Long Island in obtaining the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.