You may be wondering how you can recover damages after a pedestrian accident in New Jersey. Sadly, there are many in a similar situation as yours. Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise for a while, and pedestrian fatalities have been going up nationwide since 2009.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration recently made a preliminary analysis of pedestrian deaths and other traffic deaths in 2019. Though the organization only had data for the first six months of 2019, the GHSA was able to come to certain conclusions.

The most pedestrian deaths since 1988

The GHSA estimates that 6,590 pedestrians died in this country in 2019. The last time the number was this high was in 1988. Compared to 2009, when 4,109 pedestrians were killed, it represents a startling 60% rise. It’s also 5% greater than it was in 2018. The fatality rate for 2019 came to 2 deaths per 100,000 people, the highest it has been since 1997.

Fatality rates did, of course, vary from state to state. The highest rates were seen in Florida, New Mexico and Hawaii while the lowest were found in Vermont, Wisconsin and Idaho. Forty-seven percent of all pedestrian deaths were centered in five states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, California and Arizona.

SUVs and distracted driving to blame

There is no single explanation for this increase in pedestrian deaths, and the GHSA gave several factors in its report. One reason is the greater number of SUVs and light trucks on the road. Pedestrians who are struck by SUVs and light trucks are more likely to be killed because of the way these vehicles are designed. Another factor is the increase in drivers who use their phones to call, text or surf the web behind the wheel.

A lawyer to answer all your questions

Victims of pedestrian accidents inevitably have many questions. How is fault determined? How much can the victim, especially one who was partially at fault, recover in damages? A lawyer may answer these for you during a case evaluation. If hired, the lawyer may handle all negotiations for a reasonable settlement.