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Pedestrian Deaths Spike to 28-year High, Smartphones

Pedestrian Deaths Spike to 28-year High, Smartphones

The number of pedestrians killed in 2018 rose to 6,227, the highest level in 28 years according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Since 2008, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the US have rose 41 percent, while all traffic fatalities rose 16 percent. Roads throughout the US have become deadlier as the number of people who have been struck, and died, is the highest since 1990. And clearly the 6,227 pedestrian deaths is moving higher as smartphones are now saturating every age group in society. Some research has shown that many of those pedestrians are actually wearing earphones while crossing dangerous intersections, some never hearing or seeing danger approaching.

Of course one factor is that the population has risen by over 25 million people, and the number of people using smartphones and the recent increase in size of autos are of course other factors. The GHSA estimates that five states – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas – accounted for almost half the pedestrian fatalities in the US in the first half of 2018. New Mexico had the highest fatality rate per 100,000 residents in the first half of the year, while New Hampshire had the lowest. The most shocking statistic is the number of fatalities involving SUVs which jumped 50 percent between 2013 and 2017 according to the GHSA

The number of pedestrian deaths jumped by 250 from 2017 and 2018. The number of auto deaths in 2017, was 37,133 with the recent high 42,500 in 2005. In 2010 there were a total of 5,419,000 crashes with 2,239,000 injured. Records show that there were a total of 3,613,732 motor vehicle fatalities in the United States from 1899 to 2103. Think about the 200 million people coming out of poverty in China in the past 20 years, many of whom buy their first automobile. More than 250,000 people die on China roads each year.

Each year around the globe 1.25 million people die in auto accidents which is on average, 3,287 per day. In addition, 20 to 50 million are injured or disabled each year with 90% of all road fatalities taking place in low to middle-income countries.

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