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Pedestrian Traffic Deaths on the Rise

The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) recently released preliminary 2014 data regarding pedestrian traffic fatalities by state. Nationwide, traffic-related pedestrian deaths have continued to increase over the past ten years. In 2014, Wisconsin had 0.78 pedestrian traffic deaths per 100,000 of the state’s population. While Wisconsin was not one of the states with the highest rates of traffic-related pedestrian deaths, there still have been significant increases in the number of these deaths over the years, especially in the past few years.

For example, a comparison of pedestrian traffic deaths from the first six months of 2014 with those that occurred during the first six months of 2015 showed a 47% increase. More specifically, while there were 15 pedestrian deaths in Wisconsin in the first six months of 2014, there were 22 such deaths in the first six months of 2015. Based on this data for Wisconsin and other states, the GHSA estimates a ten percent increase pedestrian fatalities overall between 2014 and 2015, which is a relatively large increase.

As a result of these figures, the GHSA is recommending that states continue to take steps to protect pedestrians from traffic-related fatalities. According to the GHSA, the most effective of these steps involve further separating pedestrians from vehicles, making pedestrians more visible to drivers, and enforcement efforts to reduce vehicle speeds. For instance, the installation of roundabouts as opposed to stop signs and traffic signals, the creation of speed humps and curb extensions, and automated enforcement all can help reduce vehicle speeds, which, in turn, leads to fewer pedestrian fatalities.

The Madison personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan devote their time to advocating on behalf of clients who have fallen victim to all types of car accidents, whether they are pedestrians, drivers, passengers, or bicyclists. Our job is to seek compensation for you and your family through the applicable legal framework, while you can focus on healing from your injuries and rebuilding your life with your family. Never hesitate to call our office for legal advice and counsel about your situation, so that we make our experience and knowledge work for you.