The study, conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, revealed the total figure of pedestrians who lost their lives last year rose by 11 percent as compared to the year before. There were a total of 620 MORE deaths last year than in 2105. That brings the total of 2016 pedestrian accident deaths nationally to nearly 6,000.
As noted by the study author, this is the second year now that there has been an “unprecedented” uptick in pedestrian deaths. This is not only alarming and tragic, and inspires anger when you consider the majority of these deaths did not have to happen. They were preventable, most often the result of a driver who was careless or reckless. Distracted driving is believed to play a significant role in the increasing number of deaths. Continue reading