In Nevada and throughout the nation, bicyclists and pedestrians are ubiquitous on the roads. It is imperative for drivers to keep a close eye on them and share the road to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, there are often accidents involving vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Given their vulnerability, there can be serious injury and death after a crash. Part of maintaining safety is to keep track of the statistics and trends for these auto accidents. Those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a collision of this kind should be aware of how to attempt to recover compensation in a legal filing.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there has been a minor reduction in the number of people who died in accidents overall, but there was a substantial increase in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. In 2018, the projections say that there as a 1% reduction in fatal accidents from 2017, with 36,750 deaths. For pedestrians, it rose by 4%. Bicyclists had a 10% increase. From 2009 to 2017, there was an increase from 12% of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians, to 16%.
For every 100 million miles traveled, there were 1.14 fatalities in 2018. In 2017, that was 1.16. This was the fewest since 2014. The safety statistics have generally improved from the worst year on record in 2007, when there were more than 41,000 deaths. Some states were found to be at higher risk for pedestrian fatalities than others. Nevada was among the states that saw a reduction of at least 10%. The NHTSA is seeking to find a way to gauge the impact of distracted driving on these fatalities. It can be difficult to do so because distracted drivers tend to avoid admitting they were distracted.
When there is an auto accident involving a pedestrian or bicyclist, there is an overwhelming chance that the rider or pedestrian will get the worst of it. Broken bones, brain trauma, spinal cord damage and injuries so severe that they result in a fatality are common. When there is a crash and people need medical care, miss time at work and face exorbitant expenses, it is important to understand legal options after car accidents.