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Pedestrian death rate on the rise

Michigan residents might be shocked at the rising number of pedestrian deaths resulting from car accidents. Experts believe that there are many factors that have resulted in a steep rise in pedestrian deaths. However, there are also some things both drivers and pedestrians can do to counter this.

Pedestrians must stay vigilant for traffic threats

Because pedestrians in Michigan and around the country face significant safety challenges, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has published advice to promote safe foot travel. Sidewalks help to keep people out of harm's way, and people should walk on them whenever they are present. In the absence of sidewalks, people need to walk on the side of the road facing traffic and try to stay as far out of the lane as possible.

Pedestrian fatalities spike in 2016

For 2016, about 6,000 pedestrians died around the country. Besides lower gas prices, a healthy economy and more people walking outside for exercise, observers believe that distracted driving may be the leading reason behind these deaths, which spiked about 11 percent from the prior year. According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has not been this many pedestrian fatalities since the 1990s. The spike may be due to both drivers and pedestrians in Michigan and elsewhere paying more attention to their smartphones and other wireless electronic devices.

Report looks into pedestrian deaths

Many Michigan residents walk along busy streets every day to get to work or run errands. According to a report from Smart Growth America, pedestrians are more at risk for being killed by cars if they live in poorer neighborhoods. Pedestrian deaths are also disproportionately higher among minorities, the elderly and people without health insurance.

Improving pedestrian safety

Crossing the street in some Michigan cities can be a hazardous undertaking when crosswalks are poorly marked or police fail to adequately enforce posted speed limits, and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that at least 65,000 pedestrians were injured on the nation's roads in 2014. The agency says that about 4,800 pedestrians are killed each year in the United States, and many of them lose their lives after being struck by a motor vehicle.

Drunk pedestrian doesn't remember being hit, police say

It's every driver's worst nightmare. You're going down the road and suddenly, out of nowhere, a pedestrian walks into traffic and in front of your vehicle. How would you feel if you found out the pedestrian was so intoxicated he didn't remember getting hit by a car?

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