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Pedestrian fatalities increase in 2018

A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Administration claims that pedestrian deaths in the United States are reaching epidemic proportions. Since 2009, the annual pedestrian death toll has increased by about 50 percent. This may understandably cause alarm for many people who use the streets in Arizona.

Most pedestrians killed by vehicles are struck on local roadways after sunset. Night crashes account for roughly 90 percent of the increase in pedestrian fatalities over the past 10 years. In about half of these crashes, either the pedestrian or the driver was reportedly impaired by alcohol consumption.

According to experts, the shocking recent increase in pedestrian deaths is probably related to increased sales of smart phones and sport utility vehicles. Having surged in popularity since 2014, SUVs now account for about 60 percent of all new vehicle sales. Although the GHSA reported a likely connection between smartphone use and pedestrian accidents, it's not yet possible to find hard evidence of this connection. After a crash, investigating authorities may not have any way of gathering evidence that the accident involved a smartphone. Even eyewitnesses may not be able to see drivers using dash-mounted smartphones.

If a person loses a family member in a fatal car crash, the emotional consequences could be severe. In such a case, the survivor could be entitled to financial compensation. By getting in touch with a respectable attorney, the survivor could potentially start a process that leads to justice and fair recompense. Compensation could ultimately cover medical bills, loss of companionship and more.

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