Despite a crackdown on drunk and distracted driving, as well as the implementation of a number of safety features in vehicles, car accidents continue to occur in California and across the U.S. at an alarming rate. Perhaps the most vulnerable to these wrecks are pedestrians. These individuals are, of course, without the protections afforded by motor vehicles, which means that they often suffer extensive harm when struck by a car, truck or motorcycle.
In fact, one report indicates that more than 6,000 pedestrian deaths occurred nationwide in 2018, which is the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the last three decades. What's the cause of this significant rise? There are a number of factors. While an increase in roads that lack crosswalks and sidewalks are partially to blame, the bigger issue is distracted drivers and the increased use of larger vehicles like SUVs. Cellphone data usage has skyrocketed by 4,000% in the last decade, which goes to show that motorists are likely more distracted today than they have ever been in the history of the automobile.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents have very real, long-lasting consequences. Those who are fortunate enough to survive such a wreck can be left with extensive physical and emotional pain and suffering, and their medical expenses and lost wages can leave them on rocky financial footing. Those who lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident can be left with similar damages in addition to loss of support and parental guidance.
While local, state, and federal lawmakers are taking active steps to try to curtail distracted driving, the sad reality is that nothing can truly stop it. Therefore, car accident victims and their families must be proactive in seeking accountability in the aftermath of one of these wrecks.