This graph of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in the U.S. looks remarkably like the trend in homicides: peaking in the early 1990s, then falling, then soaring a little over 20% in 2015 and 2016 (also the peak Black Lives Matter-Ferguson Effect years when homicides went up 22%), then leveling off under Trump.
Pedestrian Deaths Reach New High — Drivers Entirely to Blame
By Angie Schmitt
Mar 1, 2019
Pedestrians are dying in epically high numbers, with driver distraction one of the causes.
Pedestrian deaths were up 35 percent last year, compared to a decade ago, thanks to the rise of heavy SUVs, population growth in regions that do not prioritize walking and distracted driving, a new report shows.
The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that roughly 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year, the highest pedestrian fatality figure since 1990 and 35 percent more than were killed 10 years ago.