Characteristics And Trends Of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a substantial traffic safety issue.  As seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents, these accidents often lead to those who have been hit by a vehicle to be critically injured.  In many cases these injuries have led to the death of the pedestrian.

In the last few days there have been fatal crashes in both Beach Park and in Aurora.   In both instances the pedestrian died at the accident scene from accident injuries.

On this site, DuPage County pedestrian accidents are summarized in posts found under the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” category.  Additionally, various aspects of such crashes – including both legal and medical steps to take if you have been hit by a vehicle – are discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

On March 24 The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Pedestrian Peril in the Digital Age.”  The article discusses various aspects of pedestrian accidents, as well as pedestrian safety issues associated with autonomous (i.e. “self-driving”) cars.

An excerpt from the article, citing figures from the Governors Highway Safety Administration:

The association estimates pedestrian fatalities rose 27% from 2007 to 2016, a period during which the broader traffic-fatality number was mostly falling. Overall fatalities, however, have been rising as well in recent years as drivers deal with increasing distractions in the cabin of their cars and Americans put more miles on their vehicles amid a strong economy and low gasoline prices.

Another aspect is what effect “drugged drivers” have with regard to traffic safety.  Another excerpt from the article:

In traffic accidents in which fatally injured drivers were tested for drugs, the detection rate was 43% in 2015, compared with 28% in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Additional details with regard to these various aspects of pedestrian accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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