Plenty of different studies are now looking into the consequences of pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian hit and run fatalities are, unfortunately, a bigger representation of these accidents than fatalities in traditional vehicle accidents. And because of the lack of protection that pedestrians experience when attempting to cross the road or standing near it, these accident outcomes can be overwhelming and difficult if the victim is likely enough to survive.
Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at crash conditions for pedestrian deaths across the country; identifying that for every 100 pedestrians involved crashes between 2009 and 2016, there was nearly a 30% increase in fatalities.
More than two-thirds of the fatal pedestrian crashes occurred in suburban or urban areas, away from intersections or in the dark. The study also identified poor lighting, increasing the prevalence of high riding trucks or SUVs that are deadlier for pedestrians in a crash, and traveling faster along key roads as common reasons for pedestrians to suffer.
Fatal crashes along busy roads increased by nearly 70% over the course of the study and those crashes that occurred in the dark went up by more than 50%. Outside of intersections during the study period, there was a 50% spike in fatal accidents. If you or someone you know has already been involved in a serious pedestrian accident, you need to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney immediately.