Did You Know Pedestrian Deaths Reached a 40-Year High in 2021?

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    Did You Know Pedestrian Deaths Reached a 40-Year High in 2021?
    July 1 2022

    In 2021, drivers struck and killed an estimated 7,485 pedestrians. Those numbers are according to a new estimate by the Governors Highway Safety Association. If the estimates are correct, it averages out to 20 lives lost every day. Even more troubling, that is the most pedestrian deaths in a single year in 40 years. Here, we will discuss the top dangerous driving behaviors contributing to this spike. We will also provide pedestrian safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians.

    The lawyers at Anthem Injury Lawyers understand that even the most cautious pedestrian can be injured by a Las Vegas driver. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

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    2021 Pedestrian Deaths

    According to the 2021 preliminary data, pedestrian fatalities are projected to have increased in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Tragically, Florida and Texas each had over 100 additional pedestrian deaths in 2021.

    In Nevada in 2021, there were an estimated 88 pedestrian deaths. This was an increase from 82 deaths in 2020 and 69 deaths in 2019. Pedestrian deaths in 2021 rose by 7.3 percent from 2020 and 27.5 percent from 2019.

    Factors Contributing to Pedestrian Deaths

    The report provided data on more than just deaths. It also looked at the factors surrounding the pedestrian deaths. The data cited in the report was from 2020. However, it still provided insight into the factors that contributed to the pedestrian deaths. The top factors that were present included the following:

    • Speeding
    • Alcohol impairment
    • Non-intersection locations

    The above factors are not the only factors that contribute to pedestrian fatalities. However, they are important factors to consider whether you travel by car or on foot.

    Safe Systems Approach

    In response to traffic safety issues, the U.S. Department of Transportation has endorsed the Safe System Approach. The Safe System Approach focuses on the following five key objectives:

    • Safer people
    • Safer roads
    • Safer vehicles
    • Safer speeds
    • Post-crash care

    For a more detailed discussion of the Safe System Approach, see Have You Heard of the National Roadway Safety Strategy?

    Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers if you are involved in a pedestrian traffic accident. We can protect your legal rights and help you get just compensation. Call us today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule your free consultation.

    Pedestrian Safety Tips

    Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility. In addition to local and national safety efforts, drivers and pedestrians can take steps to make the roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks safer for everyone.

    Pedestrian Safety Tips for Drivers

    Drivers can help avoid pedestrian accidents by doing the following:

    • Slow down. Speeding makes it more difficult to both see and stop for pedestrians.
    • Drive sober. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Pay attention. Never use your cell phone while driving.
    • Stay alert. Look out for pedestrians at all times. Accidents are more likely to occur at non-intersection locations.
    • Be cautious at night. When lighting is low, pedestrians are more difficult to see.
    • Respect crosswalks. Slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching a crosswalk. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.

    Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers if you are involved in a pedestrian accident. We can protect your legal rights and help you get just compensation. Call us today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule your free consultation.

    Pedestrian Safety Tips for Pedestrians

    Not all pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers. Pedestrians can play a role in their own safety by doing the following:

    • Walk sober. Avoid using alcohol and drugs when you are a pedestrian.
    • Use sidewalks (if available). If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.
    • Pay attention. Keep your eyes and ears on the road. Never assume that a driver sees you.
    • Cross with care. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Always look for cars in all directions. If a crosswalk is not available, find an area where you are highly visible to cross. Many accidents occur when pedestrians cross between intersections.
    • Stay visible. Increase your visibility by wearing bright clothing. You can also increase your visibility at night by wearing reflective clothing and using a flashlight.

    Even the most cautious pedestrian can be injured in an accident. If a driver injures you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of Las Vegas lawyers and staff ready to help you. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    Pedestrian safety is the responsibility of everyone. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area pedestrian accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

    Award-winning law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and serve clients throughout the Las Vegas area. When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas area accident. Our decades of experience, our expertise, plus our deep familiarity with all aspects of Nevada law, give you a powerful advantage. You will need that advantage to fight against those who may keep you from receiving what you deserve as a Las Vegas accident victim.

    Your choice of an accident lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It’s important to select a Las Vegas attorney that can put you in the best position to win your case. That’s why you need to speak with Anthem Injury Lawyers. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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