The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a study finding that the number of pedestrian fatalities due to car accidents is increasing. Using numbers gathered in 2010, researchers found that pedestrian fatalities have risen 4 percent overall. In 2010, pedestrians made up 13% of traffic fatalities. Kansas had the lowest percentage of pedestrian deaths while Washington, D.C., California, Hawaii, New Jersey and New York had the highest percentages.
Researchers do not know why pedestrian deaths are on the rise. The NHTSA advises pedestrians to use crosswalks and intersections to cross the street. Almost 80% of pedestrian fatalities involving a car accident happened at non-intersections. The NHTSA report also cautions both drivers and pedestrians to stay alert and aware while on the street.
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