Carpey Law Offices Offers Infographic on Pedestrian Deaths in Pennsylvania

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Should more PennDOT dollars go toward pedestrian safety? Motorist deaths on Pennsylvania roads are down in 2011, while pedestrian fatalities rise.

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In August, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) released its 2012 crash-related data. In this recent report, PennDOT states that highway deaths in 2011 were the second-lowest since these records have been kept. The law firm of Kriethen, Baron & Carpey want to congratulate PennDOT on this excellent accomplishment, and make the suggestion to concentrate more dollars earmarked for safe highways into pedestrian safety measures. The firm has also compiled these statistics into an easy to use infographic that is available on their website.

Over the last five years, PennDOT has invested some $50 million in safety improvements including cable median barriers, centerline and edgeline rumble strips and obstruction removal. Every year the department spends $20 million in state and federal funds for safety education and enforcement efforts statewide.

Here are some statistics released by the department in 2012:

  •      In the last week of August 2012 there were reports of two hit and run pedestrian deaths reported in the state of Pennsylvania.
  •      1,291 people were killed in crashes on Pennsylvania roads last year, the second-lowest number on record and 33 fewer than in 2010.
  •     Fatalities in crashes involving a drinking driver decreased from 417 in 2010 to 379 in 2011, the lowest number in more than 10 years.
  •     Motorcyclist and bicyclist fatalities also decreased in 2011. Motorcyclist fatalities dropped from 223 in 2010 to 198 in 2011, while bicyclist fatalities decreased from 21 to 11 in that same time period.
  •     Fatalities in hit-tree crashes also decreased, with 295 in 2010 compared to 250 in 2011. Fatalities resulting from cross-median crashes decreased from 84 in 2010 to 48 in 2011, and head-on crash fatalities fell to 158, the lowest number in more than a decade.
  •     3.6% of all highway crashes in PA involved pedestrians, but they accounted for 11.6% of all traffic deaths in Pennsylvania in 2011. The number of pedestrian deaths in the state rose from 136 in 2009 to 149 in 2011.

The final statistic above makes it clear that the state should increase its budget for crosswalks and lights. It would also behoove the state to channel more money into driver and pedestrian education in regards to pedestrian safety.

Kriethen, Baron & Carpey have added a new infographic called “Pedestrian Deaths in Pennsylvania” on the firm’s website that illustrates the need for better crosswalk markings and other pedestrian road-safety measures. Journalists and others can download the infographic to use on other websites to help increase awareness about pedestrian safety.

About Kriethen, Baron & Carpey
Stuart Carpey is a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia and Conshohocken. In practice since 1987, he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation that includes representing injured individuals, particularly pedestrians, in a vast array of personal injury cases.

"With Stuart Carpey, a leading car accident lawyer in Philadelphia, as the lead attorney for Kriethen, Baron & Carpey the firm has focused trying to make Philadelphia and surrounding county roads safer. Mr. Carpey joined Kreithen, Baron & Carpey, P.C. in 1987 and became sole owner in 2006. With his focus as a civil rights attorney in Philadelphia, Mr. Carpey's practice is focused on the representation of clients involved in complex civil litigation, including representing severely injured individuals as a Philadelphia injury lawyer, as well as civil rights cases, and the representation of individuals and small businesses in disputes involving insurance claims. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (reserved for attorneys who have achieved settlements or verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00 Mr. Carpey is a member of the following professional organizations:

  •     Pennsylvania Bar Association
  •     Philadelphia Bar Association
  •     Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  •     Philadelphia Association for Justice
  •     Montgomery Bar Association
  •     American Association for Justice    

He is also the author of several books available for free from his website:

  •     Purchasing Auto Insurance In Pennsylvania (2008)
  •     The 10 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Pennsylvania    Accident Case (2010)
  •     The Pennsylvania Accident Victim’s Guide To Settling Your Car Accident Case With The Insurance Company (2012)
  •     The Good, The Bad And The Law: The Guide To Motorcycle Accidents In Pennsylvania (2012)

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