The huge increase (over 50%) in pedestrian fatalities from being struck by vehicles over the last decade has occurred at the same time as new cars have increasingly become equipped with all sorts of innovative electronic safety gear to keep drivers from, say, running over pedestrians.
The car insurance companies must have data on which new safety gizmos actually make drivers and pedestrians safer and which somehow make things worse. Does anybody out there know what the insurance companies know? Do these new whizbang auto-braking systems and the like make things better or worse?
Some of the bounce back is due to people driving more than they did in the economically depressed year of 2009, but still … This is a trend that should go down.
I’m also wondering if the enormous increase in pedestrian deaths from 2014 to 2016, the same years as the 24% increase in homicides nationally, is another Ferguson Effect of cops feeling unloved and thus spending more time in the donut shop rather than out ticketing speeders.