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U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Expected to Rise 10%

Researchers expect the final data will show pedestrianĀ fatalities during the first half of 2015 rose 10% year-over-year, the largest increase since the U.S. first began keeping records. Preliminary data collected by the Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association indicated there were 2,368 pedestrian deaths during this period, up from 2,232 during the previous year. While this is only a 6% increase, researchers adjusted for the anticipated underreporting associated with preliminary data.

Additionally, pedestrians now account for a larger share of overall motor vehicle fatalities. Pedestrians accounted for about 15% of motor crash-related deaths in 2015, up from about 11% a decade ago. California, Florida, Texas and New York accounted for 42% of all pedestrian deaths during the first half of 2015.

Multiple factors are probably behind the increase, including the added safety features installed in newer vehicles that reduce the likelihood of driver or passenger fatalities, increased motor vehicle travel, and rising cell phone usage among both drivers and pedestrians.

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