The U.S. is a car-oriented society. Many cities were designed to be automobile-friendly, which makes them dangerous for pedestrians. Federal government automobile fatality statistics show that pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report in August 2013 detailing the tools it has developed to combat the increase in pedestrian fatalities.
Pedestrian fatalities on the rise
According to NHTSA data, pedestrian fatalities have been increasing over the past few years. In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, pedestrians were one of the few categories of road users for which fatalities rose, representing 14 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. Pedestrian fatalities rose by 3 percent between 2010 and 2011 to reach 4,432 deaths. If pedestrian fatality rates remain at the same rate, one pedestrian will be injured every 8 minutes and one pedestrian will die every two hours in 2013.