Pedestrian Deaths Continued to Climb in 2019
USA- Forbes.com writes that more pedestrians died in wrecks in 2019 than in any other year over the past three decades. Collisions killed more than 6,500 people this year who were walking or standing near the road.*
The increase indicates about 300 more people, or five percent more died in tragic crashes in 2019 than in 2018. The last time numbers this high were experienced in the United States was in 1988.
Meanwhile, occupants in cars are increasingly less likely to be killed in collisions. The reasons for the increase in fatal pedestrian collisions include smartphones, good weather, and the increasing popularity of SUV's. Smartphones are a massive distraction that impair the ability of drivers and pedestrians to pay attention to the roadway. With so many people worried about what is happening on their screens, the real world is becoming a place where more accidents are likely to occur.
SUV's are also a clear piece of the puzzle, as studies have indicated that they are about two times as likely to cause fatal injuries to a pedestrian in a crash as a smaller sedan would be.
For about 30 years, the number of pedestrian deaths was dropping around the nation. Each year, fewer people were killed, and progress was being made in making the roads safer for foot traffic. The gains have now been completely reversed.
The report indicated that pedestrian deaths in just five states made up almost half of all fatalities. The deadliest states for people walking include Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. One encouraging sign is that there were twenty states in which pedestrian deaths dropped. In some places, the drops were significant and in the double digits.
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