Numbers gathered by researchers at Sam Schwartz Consulting show pedestrian fatalities now account for 15 percent of all traffic deaths. In fact, pedestrian fatalities were up about 10 percent from 2014. 2,368 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2015 alone. If the numbers were consistent for the rest of 2015, it would be the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian fatalities since the current federal system began recording traffic deaths in 1975. There are a lot of believed causes of the increase in pedestrian deaths, one being the declining prices of gas putting more cars on the road. In addition to distracted drivers, preoccupied pedestrians are becoming a larger issue in traffic accidents. Pedestrian and traffic management is needed in cities where there are large numbers of commuters, on foot and in cars.
Along with cars being a hazard to pedestrians, there is another culprit that isn’t typically thought of being an issue. The representative for city bus drivers, the Amalgamated Transit Union, approximates that nearly one pedestrian is killed every 10 days by a city bus due to the blind spots in badly designed buses. The union president, Larry Hanley, believes these preventable accidents will continue to occur until the industry makes it a priority to demand a change in the design of the buses.
Sam Schwartz Pedestrian Traffic Management Services makes pedestrian and drivers’ safety a priority. We have experienced professionals on the streets to protect the community and to help put an end to pedestrian fatalities.