A recent Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report shows that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic jumped 11 percent to nearly 6,000 in 2016. That’s the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities ever, and the highest number in more than two decades. Pedestrian vehicle injuries are now the fifth leading cause of death for children between ages 5 to 19.

The GHSA report suggests that several factors could be contributing to this spike, including an increase in motor vehicle travel and the growing use of cell phones among walkers and drivers.

Pedestrian injuries and death can be prevented by pedestrians being more attentive in busy traffic areas. When walking at nighttime, pedestrians should do so while carrying a flash light or by wearing reflective clothing so that they are visible to vehicles. Lastly, if you must walk on the street, you should walk towards oncoming traffic.

If you have been injured as a result of a pedestrian related accident, you should seek legal representation immediately to preserve any and all rights you may have. At Prober & Raphael Injury Lawyers, our firm is skilled in handling pedestrian related accidents and injuries throughout California. Contact us at (818) 466-1000 to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your case. And remember, no attorneys fees are collected by our firm until your case is won!