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Pedestrian deaths in North Carolina are on the rise

A recently released report done by the Government Highway Safety Association indicates that pedestrian deaths in 2016 increased by approximately 24% when compared to 2015. According to the study, 96 pedestrian fatalities occurred in North Carolina between January and June of 2016. North Carolina was not the only state with an increase, in fact, pedestrian fatalities increased in 34 states.

















The study details some of the factors which contribute to this increase as fuel prices, vehicle miles traveled, and the amount of time people spend walking. Travel monitoring data published by the Federal Highway Association indicate that motor vehicle travel on all roads and streets increased 3.3% (50.5 billion vehicle miles) for the first half of 2016 as compared with the same period in 2015.


The study also explained that the increased use of smart phones and access to wireless data while driving and walking may be a major contributing factor to pedestrian fatalities due to the significant distraction caused by such use.


There are several things that can be done to increase the safety of drivers and pedestrians to help decrease the number of pedestrian fatalities. First, both drivers and pedestrians need to commit to being aware of their surroundings, staying focused on the road ahead and being defensive in their actions. Further, staying off cell phones and smart phone devices while driving and walking will help to reduce distraction and the possibility of a crash.


If you or someone you love has been the victim of injury or death as a result of a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident, contact Miller Law Firm for a free consultation.



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