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Pedestrian accidents on the rise due to various factors

Data reviewing pedestrian accidents in 2015 has showed a major surge in injuries compared to 2014. According to the data, pedestrian deaths rose by around 10 percent in that year.

What makes pedestrian deaths rise? One reason is because of a better economy. A better economy means people have more money to spend, and that means more cars are on the road. Gas prices dropped, making it more affordable to travel. On top of that, more people are on the roads than in the past.

One thing that puts pedestrians and drivers at risk is driving while talking or using a smartphone. Taking your mind off the road, whether it's by talking or texting, can have disastrous consequences.

Another reason pedestrians may have been at greater risk comes down to a shorter winter and warmer weather. When the weather is better, far more people head out on walks and runs. With more people and more vehicles, accidents are bound to occur.

During the first half of 2015, there were 2,368 pedestrians killed. In 2014's first six months, only 2,232 people were killed. By estimating the second half of 2015, researchers determined that 2015 had an approximate increase in deaths of 10 percent from the year before.

Since 2005, pedestrian deaths have been rising. Partially, it's due to distracted driving and negligence, but the changing weather patterns also play a role.

As someone who is an avid walker, it's important that you stay safe. If a distracted or negligent driver hits you, you have a right to compensation from that individual. You deserve respect and to be safe on and around the roads.

Source: U.S. News, "Pedestrian deaths surged last year by an estimated 10 percent," Joan Lowy, accessed March 10, 2017

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