Pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. hit a 25-year high in 2016, and researchers think that smartphones might be the cause of the spike. There were nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2016, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Governors Highway Safety Association. That figure represented an 11 percent increase over 2015, when 5,376 pedestrians were killed, and was the largest single year increase in 40 years. The rising tide of roadside deaths was even more pronounced since the start of the decade: between 2010 and 2015, pedestrian deaths have increased 25 percent. Researchers said there doesn't appear to be any other variable besides increased smartphone usage, which can lead to distracted walking and driving, that could explain the spike.
Mar-30-2017, 14:52:29 GMT