Pedestrian Deaths Linked to Distracted, Drunk Drivers!
#DidYouKnow? In 2018, out of all 50 states in the United States of America, five states made up the majority (47%) of pedestrian deaths linked to distracted, and drunk drivers – Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and California.
However, the surprise ends there – as pedestrian-related deaths on U.S. soil have increased by an astronomical 53% since 2009 and there’s no sign of it slowing down any time soon, making it a trend that researchers have been trying to tackle for over a decade.
In 2018 alone, there were over 6,200 pedestrian-related deaths in the United States, a figure so startling, top officials from the GHSA said that these numbers have not been seen since Ronald Reagan was in office – more than thirty years ago.
The Washington Post reported, that the reasoning found in the study concluded that the majority of the pedestrian deaths took place due to three main causes: intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers and, the use of larger, less forgiving, motor vehicles.
“…33% of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher and an estimated 16% of drivers involved in these crashes had a BAC of 0.08% or higher.”
Localized Pedestrian-Related Death Statistics
North Carolina was among thirty states in the U.S. to report a surge in pedestrian-related deaths.
When analyzing data from January-June of 2018 and 2019, North Carolina saw a reported increase of 12%, ranking 12th nationally.
New Mexico was ranked as the state with the highest pedestrian deaths, coming in at 4.5 fatalities per 100,000 citizens – while Maine ranked last with 0.5 fatalities per 100,00 citizens.
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that North Carolina saw 198 pedestrian deaths, which amounted to one out of every seven traffic fatalities that year.
In 2018, a West Virginia jury ordered a man to pay $7.6 million to the family of a 20-year-old woman he struck and killed in 2016 while driving drunk. The award included $500,000 to compensate for the pain and suffering the victim experienced in the six hours between the time she was hit and the time she died.
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