Jan 11, 2023
Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) commemorate October as National Pedestrian Safety Month. The focus on pedestrian accident injuries and fatalities is an effort to improve safety and vulnerable road users, according to the government’s website.
For 2022, National Pedestrian Safety Month is of particular importance given that the number of pedestrian deaths is at a 40-year high, according to a report from Jalopnik.com. As the report notes:
“Rates went up in 2020 and then spiked another 13% last year – a four-decade high of 7,485 pedestrians.”
Let’s take a look at some recommendations from the NHTSA and other government entities that are looking to improve pedestrian safety. We’ll also review the latest statistics on pedestrian accident injuries and deaths for 2022 and provide information on how to file a claim for damages with Dordulian Law Group if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence.
To prevent pedestrian accidents, the NHTSA advises drivers to RETHINK behaviors behind the wheel, specifically noting whether you are:
National Pedestrian Safety Month 2022 highlights a different aspect of the safe system approach each week:
In California, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), an organization supporting efforts to improve pedestrian safety by discouraging impaired driving, offers the following tips for 2022:
For pedestrians –
For drivers –
According to the ABC, drivers and pedestrians who take the above safety precautions greatly reduce the risk of getting injured or in a crash, including staying off the phone when behind the wheel or walking.
“Californians can do their part in reducing crashes and injuries by slowing down and being mindful of traffic,” ABC Director Eric Hirata said. “We can all look out for one another by keeping pedestrians in mind and following the rules of the road.”
The following pedestrian accident statistics have been confirmed through the U.S. Department of Transportation:
And as the Jalopnik.com report notes, “…[motor vehicle] deaths are up across the board both inside and outside of vehicles, with the U.S., hitting a 16-year high for overall deaths in 2021.”
Earlier this year, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced the National Roadway Safety Strategy. The nationwide initiative is focused on “working with stakeholders to reduce traffic fatalities” with a strategy that includes initiatives across multiple DOT agencies, including:
“We live in an era when it is safer to fly in an airplane 30,000 feet above the ground than it is to walk down the street,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in January 2022. “This National Pedestrian Safety Month, we must redouble our efforts to address the urgent national crisis on our nation’s roads, and do everything in our power to keep pedestrians safe.”
“No one should die while walking to school, work, the grocery store, or for exercise. Our roads must be safe for everyone, inside and outside a vehicle,” said Acting NHTSA Administrator Ann Carlson. “National Pedestrian Safety Month draws attention to the risks people face while walking or rolling and reminds all drivers to watch for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.”
“Safety for all road users is our top priority, and FHWA is working year-round with communities across our country to use a Safe System Approach to design roads that are safe for all users and encourage safe speeds,” added Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack.
“Every transit rider is, at some point, a pedestrian,” Federal Transit Administrator, Nuria Fernandez, said at the time of the initiative announcement by Buttigieg. “To have a truly effective transportation system in our nation, we must ensure that every part of it is safe, from door to destination. National Pedestrian Safety Month allows us to really focus on the solutions that keep more Americans safe when they choose to walk.”
In April 2022, the Federal Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Pedestrian Lighting Primer handbook for cities to follow in an effort to reduce roadway injuries and deaths.
“FMCSA’s mission is roadway safety and to prevent crashes and injuries involving large trucks and buses, including crashes that involve our most vulnerable roadway user, the pedestrian,” said FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson. “We are an integral part of the National Roadway Safety Strategy and work within the Safe System Approach. We will continue to strive for safer people, safer vehicles, and safer speeds so that all who use our roadways can reach their destinations unharmed.”
As the majority of pedestrian accidents occur at night, the Lighting Primer was issued as a “resource for transportation practitioners installing and improving pedestrian lighting at locations with existing and future pedestrian activity.”
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