The Dangerous by Design 2016 Report on Pedestrian Accidents
The Dangerous by Design 2016 report on pedestrian accidents has been published and it takes a closer look at an epidemic taking place across the country. According to the website Smart Grow America, the Dangerous by Design 2016 report once again “examines the metro areas that are the most dangerous for people walking. It also includes racial and income-based examination of the people who are most at risk and for the first time also ranks states by their danger to pedestrians.”
Between 2005 and 2014 a staggering 46,149 pedestrians were struck and killed by motor vehicles on America roadways. In fact, Americans are actually 7.2x more likely to die in a pedestrian accident than from a natural disaster. The report looks at the types of pedestrians killed, the areas they are more likely to be killed in, and the design of the streets that are the most dangerous for pedestrians.
According to the Dangerous by Design report, people of color and older adults were overrepresented in pedestrian accident fatalities. Non-white Americans are just 34.9% of the population but they accounted for 46.1% of the pedestrian deaths. Older adults are 50% more likely to be killed while walking than younger individuals. In addition, lower income individuals and uninsured individuals were also at a higher risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident.
According to the report, people of color were less likely to own a personal vehicle leading to a greater likelihood of walking. In addition, poor neighborhood and communities of color routinely had some of the most dangerous pedestrian infrastructure in the country.
How does street design come into play? Street design is critical when assessing pedestrian accident fatalities. Many of the pedestrian deaths occur on streets with poor pedestrian infrastructure but with fast moving cars. Individuals that are forced to walk on these roads do so by putting themselves in serious jeopardy.
Where did Wisconsin rank for pedestrian deaths on the Dangerous by Design report? Actually, Wisconsin ranked pretty well – well below the national average. Wisconsin ranked 37th out of 51 states for pedestrian accident safety. Between 2005 and 2014, 484 pedestrians were killed in accidents. This led to a Pedestrian Danger Index of 25.6 – slightly better than Washington but worse than New York. The Pedestrian Danger Index is a calculation of the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent data on pedestrian deaths.
Wisconsin didn’t do as well when the report compared the relative risk of pedestrian death for non-white compared to white individuals. Wisconsin, the percentage of non-white individuals is 15.5% but account for 26.8% of all pedestrian deaths.
Pedestrian accidents must be taken seriously by all those involved in allocating money for infrastructure. Everyone involved in street design and those involved in developing policies at both the state and federal level must take steps to ensure pedestrian safety in the coming years.
When a Pedestrian Accident Occurs
Unfortunately, even when the best safety precautions are taken, pedestrian accidents still occur. When that happens, the steps you take in the immediate days and even weeks after your accident can make a serious difference to your ability to collect compensation. After your accident, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced and skilled pedestrian accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you obtain the money you need to fully recover.
With the right pedestrian accident attorney on your side, you can collect the money you need to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and any long-term care costs.
Contact Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to speak to an experienced pedestrian accident attorney immediately. At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., we work with credible expert professionals to investigate and document pedestrian accident cases.
Our attorneys are dedicated to getting clients the full compensation they deserve. We take all personal injury cases on contingency, so you will not pay us a fee unless we help you obtain money damages. To discuss your case with an experienced trial lawyer, call us at 414-914-2803 or contact us through the contact form on our website today.