Pedestrian Fatalities Peak in 2018

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers discuss a rise in pedestrian accidents in 2018. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, there is nothing protecting them from the impact of the vehicle. As a result, car accidents involving pedestrians cause serious, often fatal injuries, particularly if the vehicle was traveling at a high speed. According to the new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in 2018, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents reached a 28-year peak, both across the country and in Maryland. Factors that contributed to this increase in pedestrian fatalities include the population growth, a rise in truck sales, which cause more severe injuries to pedestrians, and smartphones that cause drivers and pedestrians to be distracted.

The report calculated the number of pedestrian deaths in 2018, both nationally and statewide for the first half the year. The report projected the total number of pedestrian fatalities by examining historic trends and underreported data. According to the report, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were fatally injured in the United States in 2018. In Maryland alone, 60 pedestrians were killed between January and June 2018, which is a 25 percent increase from the first half of 2017.

Pedestrian Fatality Data

The GHSA found the following preliminary results from their report:

  • States reported the following changes in pedestrian fatalities when comparing the first half of 2018 to the first half of 2017:
    • Twenty-five states, as well as Washington, D.C., had increases in pedestrian fatalities
    • Twenty-three states had decreases in pedestrian fatalities
    • Two states stayed the same
  • Fatality numbers differed widely from state to state:
    • The number of pedestrian deaths that occurred in the first half of 2018 ranged from only one in New Hampshire to 432 in California
    • The following states are expected to have over 100 pedestrian deaths:
      – California
      – Florida
      – Texas
      – Georgia
      – Arizona
      – New York
      – North Carolina
  • Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas accounted for close to 50 percent of all pedestrian deaths
  • The highest rate of pedestrian deaths occurred in New Mexico, while the lowest was in New Hampshire

In November 2018, seven pedestrians were struck by cars in Montgomery County in less than 24 hours. This was one of the worst pedestrian accidents the state has seen. Some of the solutions that have been presented include redesigning and rebuilding infrastructure, reducing speed limits, and implementing continental striking in crosswalks. The chances of a pedestrian fatality go down significantly when the speed of the car goes down. For example, if a pedestrian is hit by a car that is going 40 mph, there is an 85 percent chance of death, whereas that percentage goes down to five percent if the car is traveling 20 mph.

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Pedestrian Accidents

If you or someone you know was injured in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our skilled and experienced legal team will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.