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Mobile devices viewed as a major factor in pedestrian deaths

Nevada motorists may be interested to learn that the increase in pedestrian fatalities is being blamed on distracted driving. The chairperson for Detroit's College for Creative Studies transportation design program believes that social patterns, rather than the design of vehicles themselves, is responsible for the 46 percent uptick in vehicle-related pedestrian fatalities since 2009. During the same period, other forms of vehicle fatalities have only risen by 11 percent.

Fatal pedestrian accidents on the rise

Many people in Las Vegas like to get around by walking. However, the threat of injuries or fatalities due to pedestrian accidents has made crossing the street more dangerous. Indeed, thousands of people across the country lose their lives each year while walking along the roadways. Both walkers and drivers can be prone to distraction, a situation that can have devastating consequences. In 2017 alone, nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives due to car accidents.

SUVs could be responsible for pedestrian death increase

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has been a 46 percent increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009. Between 2009 and 2016, there has been an 81 percent rise in pedestrian deaths caused by SUVs according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Those who are at the most risk for being killed in a collision with an SUV are in warmer climates and in cities where individuals have lower incomes.

Record number of pedestrians killed in Las Vegas in 2017

Las Vegas pedestrian deaths hit a record high in 2017. According to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, 78 people were struck and killed by motor vehicles last year. In comparison, 57 pedestrians lost their lives in 2016, and 60 died in 2015, which was the previous high.

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