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Pedestrian crash percentages have been trending up

Pedestrian accident stats, when looking at the raw numbers, have been roughly the same for years now. For example, in 2004, there were 4,675 deadly pedestrian crashes. The next year, it jumped to 4,892. Fast forward to 2013, and there were 4,735 deadly pedestrian accidents.

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However, what is perhaps more telling is the way that the percentages have been climbing. In 2004, pedestrian deaths only accounted for 11 percent of the total fatalities in car accidents during the year. That number held true until 2007.

In 2008, though, the percentage of pedestrian deaths jumped up to 12 percent, where it stayed through 2009. In 2010, it increased to 13 percent, and then it moved to 14 percent in 2011. It stayed there in 2012 and 2013.

Even in years when the total stats fell, the percentages went up. For example, in 2007, there were 4,699 fatalities. That made up 11 percent of the total deaths, as noted above. In 2008, when it jumped to the aforementioned 12 percent, the total numbers actually dropped to just 4,414 total fatalities. The total dropped again the next year, to 4,109, even though the percentage stayed at 12.

What this trend shows is that it's becoming more and more likely that deadly accidents will involve pedestrians, not passengers in cars. Naturally, it's still more likely to be killed as a passenger overall, but pedestrians are in increasing danger each passing year.

Have you lost a loved one in a car accident this year, perhaps just trying to walk through a crosswalk or down the sidewalk? When tragedy strikes, you need to know your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your loss.

Source: Crash Stats, "Pedestrians," accessed Jan. 17, 2017

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