Car accident fatalities decline but pedestrian deaths rise

Statistics show that the roads are safer for people in Arizona and across the country, but tens of thousands of people continue to lose their lives each year in preventable car accidents. In 2018, fatalities linked to crashes declined for the second year in a row, according to the National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2.4% decrease followed a similar drop in 2017, and the agency said that first-half statistics for 2019 showed a 3.4% decline in roadway fatalities. According to the NHTSA, multiple factors contribute to the improved death rates, especially technologies and safety advances that help prevent serious crashes.

At the same time, 36,560 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions nationwide while hundreds of thousands more sustained catastrophic injuries caused by crashes. Not all of the statistics were positive, the NHTSA said. While overall fatalities were down, pedestrian deaths were up by 3.4%. In 2018, 6,283 people were killed by cars while walking, and cyclist deaths were up by 6.3%. There was also a 1% increase in people killed in crashes involving large trucks. Pedestrian deaths actually reached their highest rate since 1990 in 2018 after a significant decline up to 2009. According to the NHTSA, around 76% of the pedestrians were killed in nighttime car crashes as were 50% of the cyclists.

Darkness was not the only common factor involved in multiple fatal collisions. The agency said that 7.8% of all people on the road were killed by distracted drivers. In addition, the NHTSA said that it was exploring safety standards tailored to protect pedestrians.

When people are injured in a car accident, they may deal with severe pain, loss of work and other catastrophic damages. Accident victims may work with a personal injury attorney to pursue compensation for their losses.

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