Pedestrian Accident Statistics in the United States
UNITED STATES – According to an online article at patch.com, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that a total of 2,636 pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017. After adjusting data to conform with historical trends, the GHSA indicates that there are about 5,984 pedestrian deaths that occurred in the United States in 2017. This number is almost identical to the statistics generated in 2016, which was 5,987 pedestrian fatalities.*
Per the director of the GHSA, "[t]wo consecutive years of 6,000 pedestrian deaths is a red flag for all of us in the traffic safety community. These high levels are no longer a blip but unfortunately a sustained trend. We can't afford to let this be the new normal."
Five states, including Florida, California, New York, Texas and Arizona accounted for 43% of all pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017, per the GHSA. Pedestrian accidents make up about 16% of all motor vehicle fatalities. This amount was just 11% a few years back.
The GHSA indicates that the potential cause of the spike in pedestrian deaths is caused by the use of smartphones and marijuana use in states where use of the substance has become decriminalized.
According to a release issued by the GHSA, "[w]hile the report does not find or imply a definitive link between these factors and pedestrian deaths, it is widely accepted both smartphones and marijuana can impair the attention and judgment necessary to navigate roadways safely behind the wheel and on foot."
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