The first Pedestrian Fatality report for 2020 is out – and it is not good

On May 20, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released the preliminary pedestrian fatality data for 2020. Here's what stands out in the initial report. GHSA is projecting 6,721 pedestrian deaths in 2020, compared to 6,412 fatalities in 2019. That's a nearly 5% increase. The increase in the fatality rate isn't just significant: it [...]

2022-02-09T20:11:31+00:00Blog, Pedestrians|0 Comments

Why Have Pedestrian Deaths Been Rising in the US?

Walking on America’s streets has never been more dangerous. Whether you are walking through downtown Seattle or strolling through a residential neighborhood, there is always the chance that a crash could occur due to one party’s neglect or carelessness. There have been a record number of pedestrian deaths in the United States in the last [...]

2020-10-06T23:30:30+00:00Pedestrians|0 Comments

Reducing speed limit to prevent Seattle pedestrian deaths

Three years ago, Adriana was hit and killed in a crosswalk in downtown Seattle. Adriana was one of the 116 Seattle pedestrian deaths in 2017. She left behind a husband, two young daughters and an extended family, as well as hundreds of heartbroken clients, co-workers and friends at the Seattle Athletic Club where she worked. Speed was a contributing [...]

2022-01-20T03:04:45+00:00Pedestrians, Seattle|0 Comments

What you need to know about our pedestrian traffic laws

It seems straightforward: people usually have the right-of-way over motor vehicles. But most of our roadways were designed for the ease of cars, not the safety of pedestrians. As a result, drivers often forget—or simply disregard—the laws protecting the rights and safety of pedestrians. Washington pedestrian traffic laws Q: When do pedestrians have the right-of-way? [...]

Smartphones + an increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries

Last week, I came upon the aftermath of a pedestrian-vehicle collision in Seattle. I don't know the facts or circumstances of this incident. But it reminded me of yet another in a series of articles I've read recently about the alarming uptick in pedestrian deaths. "Pedestrian fatalities have risen 46 percent since 2009 while overall [...]

2020-05-10T00:11:04+00:00Pedestrians|0 Comments
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