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More Pedestrians Were Killed in Car Crashes in the United States

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More Pedestrians Were Killed in Car Crashes in the United States

Every month, pedestrians lose their lives on the highways of the United States. We’d like to think roads have more pedestrian-friendly features and cars are safer, but this does not seem to be the case. More pedestrians were killed last year in the United States than in 2015, according to new statistics.

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) published its Traffic Safety Facts for 2016 report in October.

Not only were there 1,976 more deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2016 than in 2015—a 5.6-percent increase, but pedestrian deaths also spiked last year.

The report found pedestrian fatalities rose by 492 (a 9 percent increase), and are at their highest number since 1990.

The figures are alarming because after years of steady decreases traffic fatalities rose in both 2015 and 2016.

More pedestrians were killed in the U.S.

More pedestrians were killed in the United States

The Governors Highway Safety Association noted in its report that in the decade up to 2016, pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total motor vehicle crash deaths rose from 11 percent to 15 percent.

Pedestrian deaths rose in 34 states and fell in 15, the report noted. Figures from the first six months of 2016 which compared that year with the first six months of 2015 found Virginia recorded one of the largest rises in pedestrian deaths – 35 percent.

A rise of almost 25 percent was recorded for the same period in neighboring North Carolina.

Virginia has a host of programs that are intended to boost safety for walkers and cyclists. Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties along with the cities of Roanoke, Richmond, and Salem receive highway safety funding to raise awareness of and enforce pedestrian safety laws.

Virginia’s Street Smart Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program promote walker and bicyclist safety.  Drive Smart’s Bicycle Pedestrian Awareness Week is part of the grant project for the past couple of years. This is an important educational awareness program that encourages drivers to look out for the bicyclists and pedestrians.

There is certainly scope for more programs on this nature to be implemented in Hampton Roads where pedestrians are killed with an alarming regularity as they cross the road.

In just one week this year, we noted fatal pedestrian accidents in both the cities of Chesapeake and Hampton.

If you have lost a loved one who was mown down by a car or a truck in Hampton Roads or been seriously injured, please call our Hampton Roads pedestrian accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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