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Why are Pedestrian Accidents Rising in Kansas?

Why are pedestrian accidents rising in Kansas? How does the rate of accidents and injuries compare to other states? Pedestrians are at a significant disadvantage in an automobile accident and have a high risk of suffering a serious injury or wrongful death. Increasing traffic congestion, increasing numbers of pedestrians, and a greater number of distractions means that the risks have never been higher. Brad Pistotnik personally believes that telephone usage is the highest distraction for drivers and according to a recent study by AAA, phone usage and texting are the number one cause which is followed by speeding.

Nationwide, it is estimated that 5,984 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in 2017. This is roughly the same number of pedestrians who died in 2016. However, the data shows a 27% increase in the number of fatalities that occurred from 2007-2016. During the same period, the number of all other traffic fatalities decreased by 14%. Data comparing the period of January to June 2016, and January to June 2017 shows that 23 states have had an increased number of pedestrian fatalities, while 20 states had decreases, and 7 states had no change in the number of pedestrian deaths.

Distracted driving and distracted walking are both growing problems. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 more are injured every day in accidents involving distracted drivers. Between 2000 and 2011, the National Safety Council estimates that distracted walking involving cell phones alone was responsible for 11,101 injuries.

Drug and alcohol use may also play a role in the risk of a Kansas injury accident. From 2012 to 2016, states that legalized marijuana for recreational purposes had a 16.4% increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities. By comparison, states where marijuana remains illegal saw a 5.8% decrease in fatalities. Alcohol is also a significant factor and in 2015 24% of drivers and pedestrians involved in fatal accidents had BAC's in excess of .08%. As of this writing in May of 2018 Kansas has not legalized marijuana and it is doubtful that Kansas will do so in the foreseeable future.

The number of pedestrian fatalities is rising in Kansas. In 2006, 466 pedestrians were involved in accidents. Of these, 23 died and 442 suffered injuries. By 2016, that number had risen to 506 pedestrians involved in collisions that led to 40 fatalities and 440 injuries. Over the past decade, 5,177 pedestrians have been involved in accidents. Of these, 256 have died, and 4,648 have suffered injuries. Only 270 have walked away from the accident unharmed.

The number of cyclists involved in a Kansas injury accident is also rising. In 2006, 350 cyclists were involved in accidents. Of these, 6 died and 330 were injured. By 2016, that number had risen to 370 involved in accidents, 5 fatalities, and 342 injuries. Over the past decade, 3,647 cyclists were involved in collisions. Of these, 50 have died, and 3,386 have suffered personal injuries. Only 211 rode away down the road unharmed.

Kansas has a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.06 per 100,000 residents which makes it 35th in the nation for pedestrian deaths. By comparison, Oklahoma has a rate of 1.74, Missouri has a rate of 1.71, Illinois has a rate of 1.17, and Nebraska has a rate of 1.0 per 100,000 residents. States with lower rates than Kansas but with similar population density, distribution, and climate included Wyoming, South Dakota, and Idaho.

Brad Pistotnik Law represents pedestrians who are involved in a Kansas injury accident in Wichita, Liberal, Dodge City, Newton, Emporia, Arkansas City, Satanta, Gardner, Derby, Garden City, Coffeyville, Arkansas City, Paola, Omaha, Lincoln, Derby, Emporia, Pittsburg, Manhattan, Lawrence, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Laredo, San Antonio, and elsewhere in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas, Florida or Missouri. When a pedestrian/vehicle accident occurs, it is often the pedestrian that suffers the most serious injuries. Our firm helps pedestrians get back on their feet again by securing the compensation required to treat personal injuries, cover medical expenses, and recoup lost wages following an accident.

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