According to the National Highway Traffic Safety information, pedestrian deaths made up about 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2013. Further, in the same year, 3% of all those injured in traffic fatalities were pedestrians. 73% of these deaths occurred in urban areas and 27% occurred in rural areas. The agency also reported that the majority of these accidents occurred at non-intersections. These numbers are from 2013, the last year that the agency released a report on pedestrian accidents. However, new data from the Governors Highway Safety Association says that 2018 marked a 35% increase in pedestrian deaths over ten years ago. Streets Blog reports on the story.
The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that in 2018, a total of 6,227 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. This represents the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990 and a 35% increase over ten years ago.
In looking for an explanation for pedestrian fatalities while overall traffic accidents are declining, the agency pointed to several factors.
The rise of SUVs as the top-selling family vehicle over sedans in the past few years is seen as a possible contributing factor. The GHSA reports that pedestrian accidents involving SUVs have increased by 50% in the past five years. By contrast, pedestrian accidents involving sedans has only increased by 30%.
According to the NHTSA, an SUV striking a pedestrian is more likely to end in serious injury or fatality than a pedestrian being struck by a sedan.
Georgia was mentioned in the study as one of the five states that account for almost half of all pedestrian deaths. The other states mentioned in the GHSA report are Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California.
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