It is not uncommon for people in Kentucky to go out for a run, walk the dog or even walk to work. These things are good for a person’s health according to most studies and medical professionals. However, it seems that while taking to the streets on foot may be good for your heart or your weight, it may expose you to a growing risk of being hit by a car or other vehicle.

An NPR report disclosed the findings of some data from the Governors Highway Safety Association in which it was found that pedestrian fatalities have jumped a staggering 35% since 1990. Even from 2017 to 2018, deaths of pedestrian traffic rose four percent. With more than 6,200 pedestrians killed in 2018, these facts are startling indeed.

It may be that the preference for Americans to drive large vehicles like pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles could be one reason more pedestrians are dying. These larger vehicles would create a more significant impact when hitting a pedestrian compared to a smaller, compact car. This means pedestrians may experience more serious injuries. Driver distraction is also believed to play a role in the growing number of pedestrian fatalities. Pedestrians need to be extra aware during dark hours as the fatalities have grown even faster in those hours.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Kentucky an overview of some of the factors that may be contributing to an increase in pedestrian deaths, so they understand the importance of taking action after any pedestrian accident happens.