Regulators Continue Strong Focus on a Persistent Traffic Danger

There is “a real face to this,” says National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt.

Sadly, there is, with Sumwalt’s comment ringing painfully clear in its focus on the high number of pedestrian fatalities that occur without pause on American roadways.

Indiana is far from exempt as a locale that is spared from the tragedy that often occurs when motorists strike walkers. We note on our pro-victims’ personal injury website at the established Indiana Tabor Law Firm that a pedestrian is injured somewhere in the U.S. about every eight minutes. That is a flatly horrific statistic. We additionally stress that “Indianapolis is one of the worst cities in the country for preventable pedestrian accidents.”

The key word in that above sentence is surely “preventable,” given that pedestrian accidents and injuries almost never occur when common sense prevails.

Put another way: Tragic outcomes concerning walkers struck by drivers do not happen when motorists are operating their vehicles responsibly rather than negligently. Sometimes, too, drivers’ actions are coupled by road design and/or construction that is substandard and contributes directly to a collision and adverse outcome.

Federal statistics indicate that nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available) after being struck by vehicles. That number is of course instantly sobering, but what further alarms safety advocates is that it spells a notable spike from preceding years. Things are generally getting worse, not better.

Some areas are bucking the trend, though, and thankfully seeing a reduction in accidents and injuries. Their improvement reportedly owes to simple changes such as lowered metro speed limits, beefed-up and more consistently employed enforcement and improved street design. Indianapolis officials are unquestionably looking closely at such measures and additional changes that might promote safety and curtail negative outcomes.

Tabor Law Firm welcomes contacts from individuals having questions or concerns regarding pedestrian safety and accidents. Our legal team has collective experience advocating diligently for our valued clients that spans decades and focuses resolutely on maximum legal recoveries for personal injuries.

Pedestrians have legal rights. Our attorneys promote them, with diligence and empathy.