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2018 pedestrian deaths reach a 28-year high. Are SUVs to blame?

They say walking is one of the healthiest ways to exercise. What they don't tell you is that it can also be one of the most dangerous.

Anytime a pedestrian is around motor vehicles, the risk of injury rises dramatically. In fact, in 2018, the number of people who died while walking increased so much that it reached a 28-year high.

Why were there so many deaths?

The data indicates that 6,227 people lost their lives, which is an increase of 4 percent. The number hasn't been that high since 1990. In 2009, 4,109 pedestrians died. That means that in nine years, the death toll rose 51.5 percent. Texas was one of five states that contributed to 46 percent of pedestrian deaths in just the first six months of last year.

So why are so many pedestrians dying? You may be surprised to hear that the popularity of a certain type of vehicle may contribute to the large number of deaths last year. The theory has to do with the increase in the number of SUVs on the road. It's more difficult for a pedestrian to survive an accident involving one of these large vehicles since the human body takes more impact than from a passenger car. Other factors include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Distracted walking
  • Speeding
  • Drowsy driving
  • Population growth
  • Drunk driving
  • Inadequate pedestrian crossings

In many cases, a combination of these factors, instead of just one, probably contributed to at least some of the deaths. The number of injuries suffered by pedestrians who survived violent encounters with vehicles was not reported.

Did you suffer injuries as a pedestrian?

If someone struck you as you walked in Texas, you may still be recovering from your injuries. During this time, you more than likely incurred large medical bills and other losses Even though it may take some time, filing a personal injury claim in a Texas civil court could help provide you with financial compensation you deserve.

A successful claim could result in a monetary judgment to help make up for the financial effect of the injuries you suffered due to the negligence of another party. You may find it beneficial to consult with an experienced attorney who will fight for fair compensation and justice.

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