An early morning hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in St. Louis left one pedestrian dead, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The fatality is a reminder that traffic safety continues to be a problem for pedestrians. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data, 4,654 pedestrians were killed in the United States in 2007 as a result of traffic crashes.
The data sheet also notes:
- On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes.
- There were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2007.
- Most pedestrian fatalities in 2007 occurred in urban areas (73%), at non-intersection locations (77%), in normal weather conditions (90%), and at night (67%).
To help communities create a safer, more walkable environment, the Federal Highway Administration has put together a 79-page guide that offers residents suggestions.
The guide provides safety examples from other communities, includes checklists to assess problems related to safety and recommendations for working with community groups and elected officials to improve walkability.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. by filing out our online contact form or by calling (314) 361.4242.