Drivers Blamed for Pedestrians Dying by the Thousands
USA- Usa.streetsblog.com writes that a Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report indicates pedestrian fatalities jumped by 35 percent in the last ten years. Such a high number of pedestrian deaths has not been seen in the country since 1990. In 2018, 6,227 pedestrians tragically died in accidents with motor vehicles around the country. While the problem is apparent, there is some disagreement as to the cause and the solution.*
A spokesperson for the GHSA stated that pedestrian safety should be a priority for the country and that largescale changes are needed to reverse the trend, including infrastructure projects and law enforcement efforts.
One culprit is SUVs. In 2017, SUVs made up 65 percent of passenger vehicle sales in the United States. More of these vehicles are on the road every year. Studies now indicate that this translates as a massive problem for pedestrians. SUVs have more blind spots than smaller cars and take longer to stop in an emergency. Both of these factors make crashes more likely. Another problem is that when an SUV does strike a pedestrian, the results are between two and a half and three times more likely to lead to fatal injuries. Children are at an even greater risk of dying in a crash with one of these large vehicles.
Distraction on the road is another main cause. Cell phones are a problem not just for drivers, but for foot traffic as well. People looking at their phones while crossing the street put themselves at risk of being killed in traffic accidents.
Population growth could also be creating part of the issue because more people being on the road could mean a greater risk of accidents happening. Successful efforts in some parts of the country indicate that lowering traffic deaths is possible.
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