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Pedestrians and cyclists: Accidents are on the rise

As a pedestrian, you probably think you're pretty safe. You can see where other people and vehicles are, and you don't have to worry about wrecking your own car or truck when you're walking. Unfortunately, it's not just you who you have to worry about. Other drivers can cause serious and even fatal accidents in just seconds.

It's true that the number of pedestrians and cyclists being killed by distracted drivers in the United States is on the rise. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of people killed rose by up to 50 percent around the United States.

Distracted driving is more than just a little dangerous to the driver; even though motor vehicle accidents have decreased overall, the facts show that distracted drivers cause many of the accidents that still take place today. Whether it's texting on a cellphone or making calls, taking their eyes off the roads makes drivers dangerous to themselves and others.

So, who is most likely to cause these accidents? The U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System found that it's normally white males between 25 and 65 who participate in distracted driving and eventually lead to cyclist and pedestrian deaths. In 2005, the number of pedestrians killed by distracted driving was 344; that rose to 500 by 2010. The same rise took place for cyclists, with 56 being killed in 2005 and 73 being killed in 2010.

Our website has more information about pedestrian injuries and fatalities, so you can learn about your rights after a crash caused by distracted driving takes the life of someone you love.

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