Many people choose to travel by foot for various reasons. While walking can help cut down on personal expenses associated with driving or having a car, it can also put individuals in danger of suffering serious or fatal injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, with pedestrian fatalities on the rise, there may be more cause for wrongful death claims.
Pedestrians in Colorado and elsewhere face hazards at almost every turn. It was recently reported that pedestrian deaths across the country reached a new high in 2018, which surpassed the previous high in 1990. More than 6,200 people suffered fatal injuries in pedestrian accidents last year, and that number increased by 250 people from 2017. It was noted that a majority of the fatalities occurred at night.
There are numerous contributing factors to these events, but it was noted that more smartphone use and SUVs could be playing a role in the recent increase in deaths. Since 2013, the number of SUVs involved in pedestrian deaths has increased by 50 percent, and the build of these vehicles contributes to the increased likelihood of fatal injuries. Smartphones were considered a factor as well because the general use of these phones has quintupled from 2010 to 2017, and numerous people admit to using their phones while behind the wheel.
Though Colorado residents hope that they will never lose loved ones in fatal pedestrian accidents, the possibility exists. If this does happen, surviving family members may want to gain information on the accident and their legal options. If another person was considered at fault for the event, the family of the deceased victim may have reason to file a wrongful death claim in pursuit of compensation.