To many people in Pennsylvania, heading out the door to go for a run or enjoy a walk to the park with their dog is a treasured part of the day. Even the ability to stroll along the neighborhood and take in the lovely holiday lights and decoration is something anyone can and should be able to enjoy. These things are also good for your health, at least in the eyes of the medical community. Sadly, it seems these activities can put you at risk when you have to share the streets with cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles.
NPR reported that statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that in 2018, pedestrian deaths across the United States were at their highest point since 1990. In those 28 years, the number of people on foot who have died in vehicular accidents has increased by 35%. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, pedestrian fatalities rose four percent.
Nighttime hours are especially dangerous for pedestrians. Deaths during dark hours have increased 45% compared to an 11% increase of pedestrian deaths during daylight hours. Bigger vehicles like SUVs are believed to be at least partially responsible for the jump in foot traffic death. A heavier vehicle may result in more extreme impact compared to smaller, lighter vehicles like compact cars.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Pennsylvania an overview of the realities on the road facing pedestrians today to highlight the importance of seeking assistance and compensation after a pedestrian accident takes place.