Texting & Driver Distraction Cause Ohio Pedestrian Accidents and Death

In a new report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), pedestrian deaths have reached the highest level in 28 years. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 in the United States, up 46 percent from 2009. That is the most pedestrian deaths recorded since 1990.

Pedestrian injuries and deaths occur mostly when it is dark and on roads that funnel urban and suburban traffic onto freeways. Deadly crashes may likely occur where there are no intersections or poorly designed crosswalks that tempt pedestrians to dash across multiple lanes of moving traffic. The crashes often involve SUVs, excess speeding, driver distraction and other driver errors.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impacts of a preventable pedestrian injury or death. Following a serious driver distraction accident, contact an experienced Ohio lawyer to investigate.

Poor Road Design & Reasons for Ohio Pedestrian Accidents

Injuries and deaths can be prevented with improvements in road design, vehicle design, lighting and speed limit enforcement. However, driver distraction and impairment play a significant role in total road safety not only for pedestrians but for other motorists. Federal crash data from 2009 to 2016 help safety agencies narrow down the cause for road-related deaths and injuries. The IIHS estimates that 5,987 pedestrians died in crashes in 2016, representing over 15 percent of all traffic deaths. About 50 percent of pedestrians are hit in intersections and 56 percent hit in the dark.

In addition to introducing safer roadway and crosswalk design, the institute says higher standards for auto headlights may reduce Ohio pedestrian accidents. Since 2016, the institute has issued ratings on unsafe headlights. Difficult as it may be to believe, many car models do not have headlights that perform well when it’s dark. Testing shows that some vehicles have headlights that allow drivers to see twice as far down the road on a straightaway than headlights on other vehicles.

Driver Distraction & Other Pedestrian Safety Factors

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to Ohio pedestrian accidents, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding driver distraction and poorly designed roadways.