Over the past decade, the United States as a whole has seen an astounding increase in the number of automobile accidents that resulted in pedestrian fatalities. While the combined number of other motor vehicle accident deaths not involving pedestrians rose just two percent, pedestrian fatalities spiked 53% during the 10-year period from 2009-2018! During this period, the state of Alabama saw a 25% increase in their pedestrian fatalities resulting from car crashes, according to the report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. The majority of pedestrian fatalities are occurring during the night, with nighttime fatalities increasing by 67%, compared to a 16% increase in daytime fatalities.
Alabama Pedestrian Accident Causes
There are many factors thought to be contributing to the increase in pedestrian fatalities in Alabama and across the U.S., including vehicle miles traveled, amount of time people spend on foot, population growth, and most notably the continued shift from passenger cars to light trucks and SUVs. The amount of pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs increased by 81% during the period studied. Distractions from drivers using smartphone devices in the vehicle is also seen as a significant factor.
When Pedestrian Accidents Occur in Alabama
When bicycle and pedestrian accidents occur, information and evidence can disappear quickly. A well-executed investigation can answer questions that are crucial to a lawsuit for damages. We work with professional investigators to:
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Visit the accident scene and investigate key factors including debris, scuff marks, lighting, crosswalk and school zone issues
- Obtain and analyze police reports
If you or someone you care about is involved in a pedestrian accident, contact the experienced injury attorneys at Clay, Massey & Associates as soon as possible, for a FREE initial consultation! We have the necessary skills and experience to help get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 251-433-1000 or click the Live Chat link on our site!