Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents are on the Rise While the Number of Car Accidents Has Steadily Decreased
UNITED STATES – According to an online news report at usa.streetsblog.org, fatal automobile accidents have decreased for the second year in a row across the United States. However, the amount of pedestrians and bicyclists who have been killed have increased again, which demonstrates that vehicles are becoming safer only for individuals inside of them.*
Per 2018 data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,560 individuals died in motor vehicle-related accidents back in 2018, which represents a 2.4% decrease from 2017. There was also a 0.9 percent decrease from the year prior in terms of the number of motor vehicle fatalities.
At the same time, pedestrian fatalities rose by 3.4% last year, increasing from 6,075 to 6,283. This represents an upward trend since 2009, where 4,109 pedestrians tragically died in motor vehicle accidents.
Bicyclists are also dying in higher amounts. Last year, 857 cyclists died across the nation, which represents an increase from 806 deaths that occurred the year prior. This represents a 6.3% increase.
The trends appears to be that automobiles continue to become safer for their occupants while they are less safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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Source:https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/10/22/report-drivers-keep-getting-safer-the-rest-of-us-get-slaughtered/ and https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812826