Pedestrian safety is a pressing concern as recent data reveals a sharp rise in fatal pedestrian accidents nationwide, reaching the highest level in over four decades. A comprehensive study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) sheds light on the contributing factors behind this alarming trend.
The GHSA’s “Pedestrian Traffic Fatality” report emphasizes the need for collective responsibility in addressing the escalating pedestrian safety crisis on U.S. roads. As the numbers continue to climb, it becomes increasingly evident that prioritizing pedestrian safety, sharing the road, and avoiding negligent driving behaviors is critical.
At Szantho Law Firm, our attorneys have firsthand experience working with injured pedestrians and their families. We understand the devastating impact pedestrian accidents have on individuals and communities across the state, which is why we fight so hard to hold negligent drivers accountable.
In 2022, there were over 7,500 pedestrian fatalities
The GHSA conducts an annual study that delves into the number of pedestrian accident fatalities both at the national and state levels. This comprehensive report is based on data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In the most recent findings for 2022, 7,508 pedestrian fatalities were recorded nationwide, marking the highest number of pedestrian deaths in a single year since 1981.
The GHSA report highlights a concerning trend that has persisted since 2020, with elevated rates of pedestrian fatalities continuing in 2022. Over just three years, from 2019 to 2022, the nation has witnessed a 19 percent increase in pedestrian deaths. To further emphasize the magnitude of the issue, the report reveals a staggering 77 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities nationwide from 2010 to 2022.
New Mexico pedestrian accidents
Despite some positive news regarding decreased pedestrian fatalities in New Mexico last year, there are still concerning facts that cannot be overlooked. In 2022, there were 93 pedestrian deaths in the state, indicating a 9.7 percent decrease compared to the previous year when 103 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents, as reported by the GHSA.
However, the grim reality remains that New Mexico maintains the highest per-capita pedestrian fatality rate among all states nationwide. The GHSA’s analysis of NHTSA accident data reveals that there are 5.1 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people in New Mexico, emphasizing the urgent need for effective measures to improve pedestrian safety in the state.
The situation is particularly severe in Albuquerque, where pedestrian fatalities have reached alarming levels. According to an article published earlier this year in the Albuquerque Journal, there were 337 pedestrian-car collisions in the city, resulting in 40 pedestrian deaths in 2022.
Boosting pedestrian safety
The GHSA pedestrian accident report provides valuable recommendations for effectively preventing pedestrian accidents, such as:
- Enhance lighting infrastructure at crosswalks and intersections that are frequently traversed by pedestrians, ensuring better visibility and promoting safety.
- Implement lower speed limits on streets with a history of high pedestrian accident rates, prioritizing the well-being of pedestrians and mitigating potential risks.
- Strengthen the emphasis on pedestrian safety in driver education courses, instilling responsible driving behaviors and heightening awareness of the unique challenges faced by pedestrians.
- Incorporate inclusive road designs that consider the needs of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, fostering an environment that prioritizes safety and accommodates diverse transportation methods.
- Increase police enforcement efforts targeting speeding, drunk driving, and texting while driving, which are identified as the primary causes of pedestrian accidents. By rigorously enforcing traffic regulations and penalizing those who engage in dangerous behaviors, pedestrian safety can be significantly improved.
We stand up for injured pedestrians
Navigating injury claims and lawsuits stemming from pedestrian accidents can be challenging. The stakes are high, especially when significant damages are involved, such as severe injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and time off work to recover. That’s why it’s crucial to have an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who understands the nuances of the legal system and can protect your rights.
Attorney Andras Szantho and his dedicated legal team understand the unique challenges pedestrian accident victims face and can provide comprehensive support every step of the way. Don’t wait to take action. Contact us now to schedule a free case evaluation with a trusted law firm that can provide the guidance and support you need. Our Albuquerque office is conveniently located on Prospect Avenue. We also have an office located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.