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Pedestrian Fatalities Continue to Rise

A new report projects that 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2018, the highest number in nearly three decades. Pedestrians will account for 16 percent of all traffic deaths in 2018, compared to 12 percent in 2008. While advancements in motor …

Indiana City Shares Responsibility for Crash That Killed 3, Lawsuit Says

A lawsuit says a northern Indiana city shares responsibility for a crash that killed two children and a man who were walking along a sidewalk. Authorities say Leonard Grosswiler was driving in August 2017 when his vehicle struck five pedestrians …

Pedestrian Deaths Double This Year on Oahu Despite Safety Measures

The number of pedestrians killed on Oahu has doubled this year despite enforcement of laws aimed curbing risky walking behaviors. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 26 pedestrians have been killed so far this year, increasing from the 13 pedestrian deaths recorded …

Liability and Legal Questions Follow Uber Autonomous Car Fatal Accident

The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona this week could offer a test of who can be held legally responsible for accidents when a human is no longer at the wheel, legal experts said. …

Study Suggests Pedestrian Fatalities May be Linked to Smartphone, Marijuana Use

For the second year in a row, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2017, according to projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which further suggests the high numbers could be linked …

Traffic Accident Deaths Still Increasing as Distracted Driving Reports Decline

Traffic accident deaths in the U.S. continue to rise, even while deaths related to distracted driving decline. Pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths are way up. The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, producing …

Cities Hope Fines Will Curb Distracted Walkers

This really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s done it: You are just no good at texting and walking. While you might do OK at the reading and typing part, your preoccupied brain isn’t paying enough attention to what’s …

GOP Facing Resistance to State Bills Shielding Drivers Who Hit Protesters

Republican lawmakers in six states have pushed this year for legal protections for motorists who hit protesters blocking traffic. Fairly or not, they’re facing an intense backlash now that violent images of a car ramming into a crowd protesting a …

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Kentucky Food Truck Crowd Killing 2, Injuring 7

Two pedestrians were killed and seven others injured after police say a drunken driver whose blood-alcohol content was five times the legal limit lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a crowd standing near a food truck in a …

Tennessee Sees Sharpest Increase in Pedestrian, Bicycle Deaths Since 1984

Tennessee officials have recorded more pedestrian and bicycle deaths in 2015 than in any other year in the past two decades. WPLN reports that statistics show 120 pedestrians and bicyclists had died as of Dec. 29. By comparison, there were …