More U.S. pedestrians died last year than at any time over the past three decades according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest report, even as more motor vehicles come with advanced crash avoidance systems. The reported pedestrian death tally was 6,283 for 2018, representing a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year; and, there were 53 percent more pedestrians killed last year than in 2009. Most pedestrian injuries and deaths happened in cities, and three-fourths happened at night, according to NHTSA. The rate of pedestrian deaths in Texas accounted for roughly 10% of the nation’s total.
Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, says the increasing pedestrian death numbers underscore the need for pedestrian detection to come as standard equipment on all new vehicles. Pedestrians tend to be struck more by electric or hybrid cars, because their engines are quieter.
NHTSA also reported an increase in cyclist deaths at 857 last year, representing a 6.3 percent increase over 2017. Half of the cyclist deaths occurred at night, emphasizing the need for bicyclists to be more visible and for drivers to be more vigilant after dark.
Pedestrian Detection Technology
So far, only a tiny percentage of vehicles come equipped with pedestrian detection, so technology can’t completely solve the problem just yet. Cars with pedestrian detection features use cameras, radar, and other sensors to detect people coming into a vehicle’s path, even if a driver doesn’t see them. If the driver doesn’t react quickly enough, the vehicle can activate its own brakes to either avoid the collision or to slow down enough to reduce the potential car accident’s severity.
Common Auto Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian injuries often involve the head, legs, and arms. If a car hits a pedestrian, injuries to the legs are likely. If a larger vehicle hits someone, pedestrian injuries are usually higher on the body. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Fractures / Broken Bones
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Soft-Tissue Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
Houston and many other cities in Texas are far from pedestrian-friendly. Whether you were injured or your loved one died in a pedestrian accident, you deserve to have a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate helping you through this difficult time. Let us determine the right course of action to secure the compensation you need after an accident. Contact our team today for a free case evaluation.