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Pedestrian accidents are a serious problem that must be addressed

Pedestrian accidents are a huge issue in this country. These accidents have seen an increase in fatalities in the most recent data from 2013. It is important that Connecticut municipalities and motorists do what they can do to help keep pedestrians safe while they are walking on the roadways and sidewalks.

Adults aren't the only people who are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. In 2011, 69,000 pedestrians were injured. Of those, 11,000 were children who were 14 years old or younger. Young boys accounted for the majority of the injuries noted from pedestrian accidents. Elderly people are also affected by pedestrian accidents. Around 16 percent of all fatalities from pedestrian accidents in 2009 were people 65 years old and older.

One big initiative, called the Mayors' Challenge, seeks to make biking and walking safer one municipality at a time. More than 230 cities are part of this initiative. As part of the Safer People, Safer Streets initiative, every state had a road safety assessment done.

When people work together to prevent pedestrian accidents, the streets become safer places. That doesn't mean that these accidents won't ever occur. Instead, it just means that the risk isn't as great.

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident and suffered injuries, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, you can seek compensation. This compensation can help to cover the expenses that you have to deal with because of the accident and its effects. Taking this legal action can also help you to hold the motorist responsible for what they did.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Pedestrians," accessed Aug. 18, 2016

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