In Alabama and across the United States, pedestrian safety is a growing concern. Distracted driving, drowsy driving, drivers who are under the influence, recklessness and other driver behaviors put everyone at risk. Pedestrians, however, are in greater jeopardy because they are completely vulnerable with no protection whatsoever. This can result in serious injuries and often leads to death. Keeping track of statistics with how and why these crashes occur can be helpful in trying to stay safe. People whose lives have been impacted by a pedestrian crash should also be aware of their options in the aftermath.
Alabama only behind Florida in pedestrian danger
A recent study from Smart Growth America says that Alabama is second behind Florida for worst state for pedestrian safety in the nation. In 2019, there were 120 pedestrian fatalities. The numbers were consistently in that range from 2016 to 2018. Racially, Black people are more frequently hit and lose their lives when assessed against the rest of the population. Blacks consistently had between 39 and 43 deaths between 2016 and 2019. Overall, Alabama had 1,068 pedestrian fatalities between 2008 and 2019. Of those, 403 of the victims were Black. The statistics for 2020 and 2021 are not yet complete, but anecdotal evidence suggests the trend is continuing.
Pedestrian safety is a prevalent problem in the nation in general. From 2010 through 2018, there was a 45% spike in pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. There were nearly 53,500 such deaths. From 2016 to 2019 – the latest years for which there is hard data – the pedestrian fatality statistics were the worst they have been since 1990. In 2019 alone, there were 6,237 pedestrian fatalities. While experts make various recommendations such as emphasizing road safety, having more crosswalks, rethinking the configuration of turning lanes and greater vigilance from law enforcement, the current situation makes it worrisome for pedestrians.
After a pedestrian accident, it may be wise to have guidance
Since pedestrians can suffer catastrophic injuries including broken bones, brain trauma, spinal cord damage, cuts, bruises and more when hit by a motor vehicle, this can hinder them personally, financially and emotionally. Given the litany of challenges that will arise after a collision between an automobile and a pedestrian, it is important to be fully protected when considering a claim for compensation. Contacting those experienced with pedestrian-auto accidents can provide guidance and help with determining how to move forward.