Manufacturers are creating motor vehicles with more and more safety features today. Drunk driving statistics are falling, and more drivers are buckling up before heading out on the road. However, all of this progress has not made a dent in the fatality statistics for pedestrians and cyclists around the country.
In fact, a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that in 2018, more pedestrians and cyclists were killed on the road than any other year since 1990.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Accident Statistics
The statistics on pedestrian and cyclist deaths included in the recent report are alarming. Some of the most troubling include:
- Pedestrian fatalities increased by over 3 percent in 2018.
- In total, there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths.
- Cyclist fatalities increased by 6.3 percent to a total of 857.
- Approximately 17 pedestrians and two cyclists were killed every day in traffic crashes in 2018.
- Combined, pedestrian and cyclist deaths made up 20 percent of all traffic deaths.
- Larger vehicles and distracted driving are thought to be to blame for the increase in traffic deaths.
- The total number of pedestrians and cyclists killed by large trucks increased by 9.7 percent.
- The number of pedestrian deaths has remained largely unchanged in rural areas over the last 10 years. However, they have increased by 69 percent in urban areas.
- The number of cyclist deaths has also increased in urban areas, by 48 percent from 2009 to 2018.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Cyclists
It is clear that pedestrians and cyclists must do everything they can to keep themselves safe on the roads. Some of the most important safety tips for cyclists include:
- Only ride a bike that is the right size for your body, as larger bikes are more difficult to control.
- Ensure all parts of the bike work properly before every ride.
- Wear proper equipment such as helmets, gloves, and bright clothing.
- Only ride with one rider per seat.
- Keep hands on the handlebars at all times, except when signaling.
- Only carry items in a backpack or in a bag strapped to the back of the bike.
- Plan to travel routes that have lower amounts of traffic.
There are also many ways pedestrians can stay safe on the road. Some of these include:
- Remain predictable and follow all signs, signals, and rules of the road.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
- When a sidewalk is not present, walk facing traffic, as far away from the road as possible.
- Remain alert of your surroundings at all times.
- Cross the street at crosswalks and intersections whenever possible.
- If crosswalks are not available, cross in a well-lit section of the road and allow enough time between yourself and vehicles.
- Make eye contact with drivers whenever you are close to vehicles.
- When in parking lots or approaching driveways, look for cars that may be backing up.
Need Legal Advice? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian or cyclist accident, you are likely suffering from serious injuries. A Houston personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation from the at-fault driver for the damages you are coping with.
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we have the necessary experience and resources to hold insurance companies accountable. We will investigate your crash, collect all the evidence, and handle every detail of your claim so you can focus on making a full recovery.
Contact us today to schedule your free case review and learn more about your legal options.