A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an alarming increase in fatal pedestrian-related accidents.
The data revealed that between 2009 and 2016 pedestrian-related deaths increased by 46 percent nationally and that pedestrian crashes have become deadlier and more frequent.
More than two-thirds of the fatal crashes happened in urban or suburban areas, away from intersections and/or in dark unlit areas.
The study blamed high speed, poor lighting and an increased number of SUVs and trucks as contributing factors for the spike in deadly pedestrian wrecks. IIHS cited that SUVs, pickups, and vans are linked to a higher risk of death or severe injury to pedestrians.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted in 2016 there were 111 pedestrian fatalities reported in Alabama. The crash data for 2017 is still being compiled.
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