In order to combat roadway deaths and serious injuries, the Department of Transportation is allocating $5 billion to regional, local and state governments through a grant called the Safe Streets and Roads for All. Officials will use the money to improve roadway safety, which has been a major obstacle in maintaining public health for decades and has only worsened in recent years.
According recent data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA, the number of pedestrians that were struck and killed by motor vehicles in 2021 was higher than any other single year in the last 4 decades. The agency’s report states that drivers struck and killed 7,485 pedestrians that year. Another particularly troubling finding from the GHSA’s report was that the percentage of speed-related deaths in pedestrians 15 or younger has more than doubled since 2018. The agency identified several factors that contribute to roadway deaths, including:
Roughly one pedestrian dies every 20 minutes. From 2010 to 2020, pedestrian deaths increased by 54%. All other traffic deaths, like automobile crashes, increased by 13%. At this rate, pedestrian deaths are the fastest growing subset of roadway fatalities and are higher in the United States than in nearly all other developed countries.
Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, almost 39,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents, which was 7% higher than the year before. In 2021, the number grew yet again with nearly 43,000 people perishing in deadly crashes. By no means are pedestrian fatalities the only glaring roadway safety issue that our country needs to address; bicycle fatalities have also skyrocketed, growing by 44% since 2010. Sadly, the data indicates how our nation’s roads are rapidly becoming less and less safe for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians alike.
According to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), these deaths are entirely preventable – especially when we take a closer look at what is happening in the U.S. as compared to other developed countries around the globe, where significantly fewer traffic-related fatalities occur. USDOT says that we need to come together as a whole to come up with new policies, make different kinds of investments (like the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant), and make different choices, particularly when it comes to participating in reckless and irresponsible driving behaviors like speeding, DUIs, distraction, and more. Funding is a major component of improving roadway safety. Without the money to funnel into making roads safer, accidents will continue to happen.
Whether you are the driver of a vehicle, a passenger, a pedestrian, a bicyclist or a motorcyclist, the injuries that someone sustains in an accident can be catastrophic. Here are some examples of injuries that people commonly sustain in collisions that involve motor vehicles:
Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are especially susceptible to sustaining major bodily injury because they lack the physical protection that an enclosed vehicle affords to its occupants.
If you were injured in an accident involving an automobile, someone at our firm can help. The attorneys at Galfand Berger have staunchly represented car accident victims for over seven decades. Here are some of our past cases:
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