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Pedestrian accidents common in Baltimore region

A pedestrian accident can happen in any part of the United States, regardless of the city or type of roadway. That being said, some areas, such as Baltimore, experience larger numbers of these types of accidents. According to a study completed by the National Complete Streets Coalition, Baltimore ranked number 28 out of 51 major metro areas among the most dangerous cities for pedestrians.

From 2003 to 2012, 482 people were killed in Baltimore pedestrian accidents. During this time, more than 47,000 people were killed throughout the country, with another 676,000 injured.

While the number of fatalities in such accidents may be on the rise, the number of drivers and passengers who died in accidents declined during the same period of time. The study said, "We realized this significant drop by focusing on vehicle design, encouraging and enforcing seat belt use, cracking down on drunk driving and curbing distracted driving — saving thousands of loved ones. We have invested nowhere near the same level of money and energy in providing for the safety and security of people when they are walking."

This story goes a long way in showing that a lot of money and resources have been put into improving the safety of those in vehicles; however, the same cannot be said for pedestrians. This may be one of the reasons why cities such as Baltimore are having such a big problem curbing these types of accidents.

Pedestrian accidents often cause serious injuries or are fatal simply because of the lack of protection for those on traveling on foot. When a driver is found to be at fault for a pedestrian accident, he or she may be held liable for the pedestrian's injuries and other damages. It is possible to seek compensation for expenses and non-economic losses associated with such accidents.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore ranks 28th nationally in pedestrian danger study" Kevin Rector, May. 20, 2014

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