The National Highway Safety Administration estimated 2022 traffic fatalities in Indiana and around the country decreased .2% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same time frame in 2021. Surprisingly, this is thought to be due to more cars on the road than in 2021 when drivers were largely staying home because of the pandemic.
Because less cars were on the road in 2021, driving speeds increased causing more accidents with fatal injuries. Fatalities with pedestrians and cyclists actually increased during this same time period.
Doing more to protect pedestrians and cyclists
Based on this statistical analysis, it is obvious more needs to be done to protect pedestrians and cyclists on roadways from motor vehicle accidents. Across the country, communities are adding walkways and cycling paths for pedestrians to use when exercising or simply traveling to a destination on foot or by bicycle. This would put some separation between cars and people on the road.
Additionally, drivers need to be more aware of pedestrians sharing the road. Driving while tired, distracted or under the influence puts pedestrians at risk and exposes them to potentially fatal accidents.
Be aware of motorcyclists
Motorcyclists represent 3% of registered drivers in the US. However, they account for 14% of all traffic fatalities. Motorcyclists should always wear DOT-approved safety gear while riding for maximum protection against vehicle accidents. In addition, drivers should always be completely aware of bikers while driving and never follow or pass too closely.
Losing a loved one in a traffic accident is devastating. Especially when that accident could have been prevented, if you have lost someone in a car accident or been injured by a careless driver, you could be facing a challenging and complex fight with an insurance company. Having someone by your side who understands how to deal with insurance claims could mean all the difference in a favorable outcome for your future.