Department of Transportation Investing Against Annual Increase in Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities

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Recent uptick in pedestrian-related traffic accidents spurs Department of Transportation $2 million grants for safety improvements and education - good news for all according to South Florida firm, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene

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“In whatever way the Department of Transportation can help prevent the frequency of pedestrian accidents and reverse the trend in recent years, it is a positive in our South Florida Community.” -Michael Steinger, Esq.

According to ABC News' August 5 article, 'Pedestrian Death Surge Spurs DOT Safety Grants', 2011 saw an 8% increase from 2009 in pedestrian fatalities with 4,000 recorded deaths, as reported by The National Highway Traffic Safety Association, marking it as one of the only branches of road safety to worsen.

The increase in deadly pedestrian-related traffic accidents has spurred an initiative through the Department of Transportation to offer $2 million in grants for safety education. The grant is available to cities with the highest number of fatalities who apply by the end of August, and 6 winners will be chosen to receive an equal portion of the funds, as cited by NHTSA in their Aug 5 "DOT Unveils New Tools to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe" announcement.    

The two main issues that have caused this rise in pedestrian fatalities, as stated by the DOT, are in the behavioral distractions of both pedestrians and drivers, so the DOT urges that localities use these reserves for upgrading sidewalks, promoting pedestrian awareness and other such infrastructure.

“In whatever way the Department of Transportation can help prevent the frequency of pedestrian accidents and reverse the trend in recent years, it is a positive in our South Florida Community,” says Michael Steinger, Founding Partner of personal injury law firm Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.

If you, or a loved one has been injured in an auto-related pedestrian accident, contact the personal injury law offices of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, or visit InjuryLawyers.com. We will assist you with all aspects of making a personal injury claim, and help you get the information needed for a fair and just damage award.

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