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Pedestrians always on the Phones and DangersCrossing any street in America could increase your risk of severe injury or death. In March 2017, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report showing 2016 as the deadliest year in two decades for pedestrians in the US. Preliminary statistics reveal that nearly 6000 pedestrians nationwide lost their lives that year in traffic accidents, which is an increase of more than 11% from the previous year. This number is surprising because traffic deaths decreased 18% during the same period.

Safety and survivability on the nation’s roads, streets and highways have dramatically changed the landscape for drivers in America. However, this trend is not reflected in individuals outside the cars compared to passengers and drivers inside vehicles. In response, many large cities, including Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles have turned their attention to increasing traffic law enforcement and redesigning streets and intersections to create a safer environment for drivers, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Walking Is Good for Health

Chicago area where pedestrians are most vulnerable to get hit by carsIt seems big cities draw large crowds of people who both work in the city and who go head there for culture and just plain fun. Given the congestion (and expense) associated with larger cities, its not surprising that many folks opt to get around on foot.  While walking around cities may seem like the ideal mode of transportation, a closer look at pedestrian accident statistics may cause some city dwellers to think twice before they lace up their shoes– or at least cross the street with a little more caution.

As an accident lawyer in Chicago I find that that pedestrian accidents are some of the most horrific because of the obvious lack of protection a person has to protect them from the impact of a vehicle.

Recently, the Chicago Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioned a report on pedestrian and motor vehicle crashes within the metropolitan area.  The COT broke the city into 77 Chicago community areas (CCA) and also looked at the occurrence of accidents within the Central Business District (CBD). The analysis also looked at where the accidents happened in different area, such as on crosswalks or on the roadways themselves.