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Car companies are not concerned about pedestrian deaths

Even though reckless drivers are still a problem, today's cars are much safer than they were even a decade ago. This means that you have a better chance of surviving if a distracted or negligent driver hits you. Unfortunately, this increased safety only extends to people inside the car. Pedestrian deaths are on the rise after nearly two decades of decline.

It is no secret that the United States is not the friendliest place for walking. This does not change the fact that people in Louisiana still walk for a number of different reasons. People without vehicles have to travel by foot, while others simply enjoy the exercise and fresh air. Here are just a few reasons why these people are at risk.

Car companies care about drivers, not pedestrians

It may seem like new vehicle safety features are coming out all the time. Whether you recently purchased a new car or are driving one that is only a few years old, there is a good chance that your own vehicle has some kind of crash deterrent technology. While these safety features can be very helpful, they only protect you and other drivers -- not pedestrians.

Pickup trucks and SUVs are especially dangerous. These types of vehicles are heavier than passenger cars, and manufacturers design them to sit higher off the ground. A pedestrian accident that involves a truck or SUV is as much as three times as likely to be fatal. Car companies are not interested in changing SUV designs, though. SUVs are more profitable than any other type of vehicle on the market, so redesigning them might hurt profits.

Are pedestrians really dying that much?

There were 4,302 pedestrian deaths in 2010. That is a 5% increase from 2009 and was only the beginning of a terrifying trend. The death toll rose every year from 2010 to 2018, spiking in both 2015 and 2016. In 2018 alone, there were 41% more pedestrian deaths than back in 2008. This increase came on the tail of two decades of decline.

Drivers and passengers are doing pretty well in comparison. While pedestrian fatalities were skyrocketing between 2010 and 2018, the death rate for non-pedestrians in car wrecks fell by at least 7%. People in vehicles are even safer than bicyclists, whose accident fatalities are also going up.

Your loved one deserves justice

Even pedestrians who follow all the rules, look both ways when crossing the street and take regular precautions are not safe when traveling by foot. Distractions are everywhere, and even the newest, most advanced technology cannot force a driver to focus on the road. A driver behind the wheel of a dangerous vehicle -- like an SUV or pickup truck -- might not be able to avoid death.

You never expected to lose your loved one so suddenly. Sadly, as pedestrian deaths continue to go up, you are not alone in this experience. Many other families in Louisiana are dealing with these types of deaths, and it is not uncommon for them to pursue justice on behalf of their loved ones. You can do this, too, by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Proving another driver's negligence can be difficult, though, so be sure to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your options.

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