Pedestrian Injuries Have Increased Dramatically in the Last Decade

Pedestrian injuries from distracted driver

With summer in full swing and the current difficulties of being indoors, many of us are eager to spend more time outside. But getting out for a stroll is becoming an increasingly risky past-time. So risky in fact that the number of pedestrians injured or killed in traffic has risen sharply, hitting an alarming three-decade high.


According to a study from the Governors Highway Association, an estimated 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic in 2018. Comparatively, 4,109 pedestrians were killed in traffic in 2009 which illustrates the drastic 53% rise. There were an additional 137,000 pedestrian injuries in 2017 from traffic accidents according to the CDC. And GHA preliminary data show a 5% increase in 2019. It remains to be seen how much of an effect the pandemic has on pedestrian injuries and deaths in 2020, but it is concerning nonetheless. 

So what’s changed? Historically, pedestrian deaths have been related to drinking while driving, speeding, or being distracted while driving. These days, the prevalence of SUVs and the increased use of smartphones may contribute to such deaths.

With smartphone use on the rise, people are increasingly distracted – both drivers and pedestrians. In fact, according to the study, the number of smartphones in active use increased more than fivefold between 2009 and 2017. And, on top of that, we’re driving deadlier cars with the increase in popularity of SUVs.

Many pedestrians that sustain an injury, or die, from traffic accidents are former city dwellers, who cannot afford to drive, that are now living in suburbs that are not designed to be walkable. And most often, pedestrian accidents occur at night. In fact, a 2016 analysis in New York found that the end of daylight savings time contributed to the problem.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes and the CDC shows almost 137,000 pedestrians receiving emergency medical care due to non-fatal crash-related injuries. For adults, NCBI shows musculoskeletal injuries (41.4%) were the most common injury, followed by head and neck injuries (26.7%).

HMR recognizes that many pedestrians who find themselves as victims of traffic accidents often face serious financial strain. Our personal injury funding programs are designed to alleviate the financial concerns of these victims, who may lack the resources to access quality healthcare.

We align ourselves with leading attorneys, making our broad range of services available to personal injury clients – allowing attorneys to focus on achieving the most favorable case outcomes. Potential costs of injuries can be high, but we can help the patient pay for medical care whether they need diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, a doctors’ consultation or even surgery. And we only receive our payment when the case is won or settled, providing our services at no cost to your firm.

Give us a call today to see how we may be able to help your injured client pay for their medical. Our team of skilled underwriters will complete your case review quickly, and once approved, we can make funding available within 24 hours.

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