As our country begins to reopen and return to a post-pandemic world, people are still wary of air travel, which is the main factor in the increase in drivers and pedestrians on the road. An increase in drivers and pedestrians means an increase in accidents. We, at SMT Legal, want to discuss the increase in pedestrian accidents in a pandemic and post-pandemic world. Should you be involved in a pedestrian accident, our Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help ensure you know your rights and get fair representation.
Pre-Pandemic Pedestrian Accidents
It is important to note the influx of pedestrian accidents, but first, we must look back to before the pandemic. In 2019, pedestrian fatalities and injuries were down from the last five reporting years in Pennsylvania.
According to the Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics, the “total reported crashes in 2019 decreased 2.5% compared to 2018; fatalities decreased by 11.0% while total injuries decreased by 2.5%.” Pedestrian accidents appeared to be on a steady decline, however, as noted below, this changed once the country entered a pandemic.
Pandemic Pedestrian Accidents
As the country began to shut down due to the pandemic, there were fewer drivers and pedestrians on the road. However, this did not cause a decrease in accidents.
The latest reporting year showed a decrease in drivers but an increase in deadly crashes—the same is true for pedestrian accidents. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “[a] report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association showed more pedestrians died last year than any year since 1989 and the rate of deaths per billion miles driven rose 21% to 2.30, the highest yearly increase since federal officials began keeping the numbers in 1975.”
The increase in pedestrian deaths and accidents occurred despite a drastic decrease in travel, and now that travel and pedestrian traffic has recently increased to higher numbers than before the pandemic, there is a growing concern that there will be an even greater uprise in pedestrian accidents.
Specifically, as a recent story from the Philadelphia Inquirer noted, safety experts in Pennsylvania are concerned because the pandemic made it easier to obtain a license and pass driving tests, and now business is “booming.”
During the pandemic, Pennsylvania required the examiners to be on the outside of the vehicle during the test, and since these changes, there has been a significant increase in pass rates.
Helping You Through The Post-Pandemic World
From the recent statistics and concerns, it is likely that pedestrian accidents will only begin to rise as the country and states return to “normal.” This should not deter you from being on the roads, as either a driver, passenger, bicyclist, or pedestrian, and if you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to seek assistance from a skilled and experienced attorney as soon as possible. At SMT Legal, we have vast experience defending our clients against pedestrian accidents. Should you or a loved one be involved in a pedestrian accident, contact our experienced Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorneys at SMT Legal immediately at 412-361-9271.
We are available 24/7. The longer you wait, the harder your case is to win. You may only have days to legally file a claim. Let us provide answers and information with a free case evaluation. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case.