NHTSA: Pedestrians Deaths Up 4% In 2010

More pedestrians are dying in motor vehicle accidents than in the past, according to new data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Pedestrian fatalities rose four percent in 2010, when 4,280 people were killed and 70,000 were injured when hit by cars. That was a rise from 2009, with 75 percent of the deaths occurring in cities.

Overall traffic fatalities declined in that period though.

What the researchers failed to include was data or analysis about the underlying cause of the deaths. Researchers did include that 33 percent of the pedestrians hit had a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, whereas only about 14 percent of the drivers had a BAC of .08 or greater.

Despite the year-to-year increase, the deaths are still 13 percent less than in 2001.

If you or your loved one has suffered injuries as a pedestrian, it is crucial to discuss your situation with a qualified, experienced Wisconsin lawyer. Call today for your initial consultation.


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