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Distracted driving continues to be a factor in pedestrian accidents

A recent report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed that, in 2017, the number of fatalities due to auto-pedestrian accidents was again around 6,000, showing no significant movement from 2016.

While the fact deaths did not increase may be somewhat encouraging, the stability comes only after a marked increase in the number of deaths both over the course of 2015 and 2016. To put the numbers in perspective, the number of pedestrian crashes is at about a 25-year high water mark.

Although there are a number of factors that could be contributing to this ongoing surge, many people who offered preliminary comments on this report agreed that distracted driving is likely one big reason that number of pedestrian accidents seems to be up and not showing signs of coming back down.

Of course, pedestrians in the Houston area also need to be aware of what they are doing when near vehicle traffic, but, as they are driving a large piece of machinery, motorists in particular need to stay off of their phones, computers and other devices while they are driving. As this blog has discussed before, there are many reason why not doing so often spells disaster.

This report only reinforces that distracted driving and, for that matter, drugged driving cause serious car accidents, including accidents involving pedestrians, in the Houston, Texas, area and throughout the country. Those who are victims of a pedestrian accident may have the ability to sue the motorist responsible for the accident in an effort to get compensation for the pedestrian's losses. However, it is advisable to seek out the help of an experienced personal injury attorney when doing so.

Source: USA Today, "Nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017 crashes, new report says," Nathan Bomey, Feb. 28, 2018.

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