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Total traffic fatalities up nationwide for first time in a decade

Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise since 2005 and that trend appears to be continuing. The Governors Highway Safety Association notes that it appears pedestrian deaths were up 10 percent in 2015. So far, the data that has been analyzed is that from the first half of 2015. If the data from the remaining portion of the year continues the same trend, this will be the largest increase in pedestrian deaths year-over-year since 1975.

Interestingly, 2015 seems to have broken a downward trend for total traffic fatalities that has occurred for the past decade. The data from the first half of the year shows an estimated 8 percent increase in total traffic fatalities from the 2014 data. Pedestrian deaths are included in the total traffic fatalities. Pedestrian deaths account for 15 percent of these deaths, which is the largest percentage it has been for 25 years.

When it comes to fatal pedestrian accidents, the vast majority occur after dark. Many also involve the pedestrian consuming alcohol. The report shows that around 15 percent of the pedestrian fatalities included a motorist who was at or above the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.

Another issue that is leading to the incidence of pedestrian fatalities is the design of buses. The Amalgamated Transit Union noted that there is about one pedestrian killed by a city bus every 10 days. The union noted that blind spots are often a factor in these crashes.

If you lost a loved one in a fatal traffic accident, you might opt to pursue compensation from the driver who was responsible for the accident. By learning your options, you can make an informed choice about how you will proceed.

Source: Fox News, "Early data suggests pedestrian deaths surged in 2015," March 09, 2016

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