According to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths in the Unites States have reached a 28-year high. Current estimates from the GHSA suggest that the overall amount of pedestrian fatalities rose 4% in 2018, coming out to a total of 6,227 last year.
Based on a statistical analysis of the first 6 months of the year, the GHSA’s latest findings indicate the highest level of pedestrian deaths in any year since 1990. The GHSA has also reported that pedestrian deaths involving SUVs rose 50% between 2013 and 2017, while pedestrian deaths caused by passenger cars went up by 30% within the same span of time.
The juxtaposition of these numbers has caused many to speculate that the rise in pedestrian deaths in recent years is tied directly to the rise of SUVs, or Sports Utility Vehicles, which are typically larger and more powerful than mid-size and compact vehicles. GHSA executive director Jonathan Adkins claimed, “It's clearly a factor,” when asked for his perspective on the matter. He went on to state that. "We're going in the wrong direction."
After previously hitting a record low a decade ago, pedestrian deaths are up a staggering 51.5% from a 4,109 in 2009. The latest findings estimate pedestrian fatalities account for 16% of all traffic deaths, up 12% from 2009. This information from the GHSA is not the first indication that SUVs may be having a negative impact on the safety and well-being of American pedestrians. Last June, USA TODAY Network and the Detroit Free Press partnered on a series which cited the rising popularity of SUVs as a leading cause in the nation’s mounting pedestrian safety concerns.
The prevalence of SUVs on modern roadways has also been compounded with distracted driving to create an increasingly dangerous environment for pedestrians. The advent of smartphones, in particular, has been partially blamed for the uptick in distracted driving, and in turn, pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. Other concerns cited by the GHSA include an increase in commuters who walk to work, a lack of pedestrian road crossings, sleep-deprived driving, drunk driving, and in certain locations, general population growth.
The biggest factor in pedestrian deaths according to the GHSA, however, remains speeding. Anything we can do to reduce driver speed makes a huge impact, not only for drivers but all road users," stated Adkins.
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