The Fort Worth area has seen a rise in pedestrian accidents over several years. In fact, this growing risk is a problem across the United States.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the United States has seen a 27 percent rise in pedestrian fatalities from 2007 to 2016. Moreover, the death toll reached 5,984 in 2017.
What is causing the rise in pedestrian deaths? Many cities and towns place the blame on distracted walking and urge pedestrians to refrain from wearing headphones or using handheld devices.
The Real Risk To Pedestrians
Much of the blame for pedestrian accidents has been pinned on distracted walkers. However, a group of Northern Arizona University engineering professors proved otherwise in a recent study, which was published in Transportation Research Records.
In the study, the professors observed the behavior of 3,038 pedestrians using crosswalks in New York City and Flagstaff, Arizona. They discovered that 86.5 percent did not engage in any kind of distracted behavior.
For those who appeared distracted:
- 2.9 percent were seen talking on a cellphone
- 5.7 percent were seen texting while walking
- 3.7 percent were wearing headphones
- 1.2 percent engaged in other distracted behavior
Overall, most pedestrians observed in the study didn’t commit any traffic violations. Only 16 percent of them walked outside the crosswalk lines and 23 percent crossed without first receiving a signal.
Negligent Driving Is the Primary Factor
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the real threat to pedestrian safety is distracted drivers. Drivers who take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds can put the lives of pedestrians at risks. On average, nine people suffer fatal injuries in car accidents every day in the US. Additionally, more than 1,000 are injured daily.
Despite the findings that distracted walking may be overexaggerated, insurance companies will still look for any opportunity to pin the blame on injured pedestrians. However, after a pedestrian accident, it’s important to know your rights.
Following a pedestrian accident injury, it’s important to refrain from speaking to the negligent driver’s insurance company. The legal team at Coby L. Wooten, Attorney At Law, P.C. knows the real dangers that Fort Worth pedestrians face. Attorney Wooten has seen the devastation a single accident can cause to crash victims and their families.
If you or a loved one was injured, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t owe us anything unless we win.