UNITED STATES (October 28, 2019) – According to an online news report posted at kentucky.com, fatal pedestrian accidents have been increasing for several years in the United States and are on pace to continue rising. Safety experts cite a number of reasons for the increase, including trends in walking and in the types of vehicles Americans are buying.
In 2018, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. reached its highest level in close to 30 years. A total of 6,283 people lost their lives last year while walking on roadways around the country, which equals an increase of more than three percent from the previous year. Pedestrian deaths during the last ten years have jumped by 69 percent.
Several specific types of fatal pedestrian crashes have increased, as well. For instance, from 2017 to 2018, fatal pedestrian accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers rose by more than two percent. In addition, pedestrian deaths from nighttime accidents increased by 4.6 percent in 2018, compared to 2017.
Experts say that several factors are contributing to the increase in pedestrian deaths around the U.S. One of these factors is a higher number of people choosing to walk to work and to entertainment and shopping destinations. An increase in urban development and infrastructure has helped create more walkable spaces.
“It’s a combination of people getting out more, having healthier lifestyles and moving more into urban areas,” said Shaun Kildare, of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Other experts say that distracted driving and larger vehicles are causing the rise in pedestrian deaths. Americans are choosing larger vehicles over economy vehicles now that gas prices are lower. Larger vehicles are more likely to cause fatal injuries to pedestrians due to their height and weight. Many drivers are also distracted by their cell phones and are not paying attention to the road.
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