On average, 179 pedestrians are killed each year in Michigan and over 3,000 pedestrians are injured. Surprisingly, over 22% of Michiganpedestrian fatalities occurred in the City of Detroit when Detroit only has about 10% of the State's population. Over 33% of pedestrian facilities and over 175 injuries occurred in Wayne County.
Many Michigan cities are implementing the suggestions from the State of Michigan's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan by installing mid-street pedestrian refuge islands, installing more lighted crosswalks, and even installing pedestrian activated traffic signals for non-intersection cross walks.
Michigan pedestrians need to realize that Michigan is a comparative negligence jurisdiction and if they are struck by a car this means that their own negligence may be considered by the jury. A jury may consider the fact that the pedestrian was listening to loud music and wearing earphones, talking on the phone, or crossing mid-street instead of at a cross-walk or intersection. An injured pedestrian's damage award may be reduced by the percentage that a jury finds the pedestrian at-fault vs. the fault of the driver of the automobile.