Guy Levy Law
For A Free Consultation Call 619-821-9242

Experienced | Tenacious | Caring

U.S. pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high

Walking is good for you. It’s good exercise, a chance to get outdoors and it’s environmentally friendly. But, increasingly, walking is dangerous.

A February report by the Governor’s Highway Association found that an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2018. This marks the highest number of deaths since 1990.

Deaths on the rise

Pedestrian deaths rose more than 4 percent from 2017 to 2018. And they’re up 34 percent from 2009, now accounting for 16 percent of traffic fatalities.

Almost half of all pedestrian deaths happened in five states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas. California had the most pedestrian deaths overall, and New Mexico had the most per capita.

On a positive note, pedestrian deaths in the nation’s 10 largest cities declined 15 percent from 2017. The decline was most drastic in New York City which implements its own pedestrian safety initiative.

What’s behind the numbers?

Some social trends explain why pedestrian deaths are rising. The report blames the increased number on several factors:

  • More SUVs and trucks on the road make accidents deadlier
  • Population growth leads to more pedestrians
  • Drivers are more distracted, especially by smartphones

Stay safe

As a pedestrian, it’s important to stay safe. Experts recommend the following tips:

  • Wear clothing that makes you visible to drivers
  • Follow road rules by using sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Avoid distractions such as headphones and electronic devices
  • Avoid alcohol when you’re planning to walk

Even with these tips, accidents can happen to anyone. If you are hit and injured by a vehicle while walking, you may want to seek legal representation to determine if you’re owed compensation for your injuries.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Yelp 5 star rated
  • Top 50 US Verdicts Personal Injury Guy Levy
  • Top 50 US Verdicts Personal Injury Marianne Malek
  • American Bar Association
  • Avvo Top Rated Personal Injury
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Google 5 star Rating
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The State Bar of California
  • Super Lawyers
  • American Top 100 High stakes Litigators
  • Lead Counsel
  • Best 2018 Attorney Client satisfaction
Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location

9888 Carroll Centre Road
Suite 222
San Diego, CA 92126

Phone: 619-821-9242
Fax: 619-232-9910
San Diego Law Office Map

Contact Us

Review Us