Pedestrian deaths increase in 2018

2/28/2019 A new report, commissioned by the Governors Highway Safety Association, estimates that over 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2018. This is the highest level of pedestrian deaths in the United States since 1990; the number of deaths hit a low in 2009 but has since risen steadily. In many cases, alcohol use is a factor in accidents involving pedestrians. The fatality rate may also be increasing because there are more SUVs on the road, which can cause greater injuries to those outside of the car than a sedan. Experts also raise the possibility that distracted drivers (and distracted pedestrians) using smartphones may cause more accidents.

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