Recent statistics reflect a pedestrian safety crisis that continues to escalate. Pedestrians everywhere face greater risks, especially those whose routes require crossing busy streets and roadways.
Here are some alarming facts, based on a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association:
What are the reasons behind these disturbing statistics regarding pedestrian safety? Researchers believe the recent and continuing rise in pedestrian deaths is tied to two key factors: the increased popularity of SUVs, and the growing problem of distracted drivers and walkers.Do You Have a Case?
Between 2013 and 2017, the number of pedestrians killed by SUVs rose 50%. In contrast, the number of pedestrians killed by passenger cars increased by 30% during the same time period.
Pedestrians are who are hit by SUVs are more likely to die or be severely injured than those hit by smaller vehicles.
Here are some of the reasons SUVs are more dangerous than typical passenger cars:
Experts believe there is a direct correlation between the rise in pedestrian deaths and the increased use of cell phones. In 2018, people used 4,000% more cell data than they did 10 years ago. This means drivers and walkers are focusing on their phones instead of paying attention to the road. This takes a deathly toll on pedestrian safety.
After a phone call, it takes the average driver 27 seconds to return to their original task. That’s plenty of time for a crash to occur, even at speeds as low as 40 mph. And, if you add a distracted pedestrian to the equation, the odds of a disaster are even greater.
While autonomous pedestrian sensor technology exists, it will not be standard equipment in vehicles for many years to come. Further, the growing popularity of SUVs and trucks is not likely to diminish. Therefore, we must come up with other ways of furthering pedestrian safety.
Here are some ideas:
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