USA- Milforddailynews.com writes that while carmakers have been successful in making vehicles safer for occupants of cars, pedestrians are dying in higher numbers. In fact, within the last decade, fatal pedestrian crashes have spiked by about 50 percent.
Looking at long term trends, the number of car crash deaths has gone up and down, but when it comes to occupants, the overall trend has been a decline. Pedestrians, on the other hand, are dying in greater numbers each year. In 2018, the numbers rose by four percent as compared to the previous year. When compared to the number of deaths in 2008, the statistics show a 35 percent rise.
When looking for the causes of these fatalities, traffic experts give a mix of explanations, including the larger size of cars. Certainly, SUVs have shown a greater risk of causing fatal injuries when they strike a victim.
There are other changes that have been occurring within the last ten years as well, though. One of the most notable differences that is likely linked to the increasing number of deadly crashes is the rise in cellphone usage. Pedestrian deaths were on the decline for many years. The trend then changed in 2009 around the same point in time when cellphone usage rates climbed. Of course, states have recognized the many dangers affiliated with distracted driving and created laws to help combat the dangerous practice.
Other risks include more people walking on the roads at night, and alcohol-related crashes, which still account for about half of all fatal pedestrian incidents.
The authors who worked on the study did state that new technology could be the way to start reducing such crashes. Automatic braking technology and anti-distracted diving laws may work to change the trend.
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