Crossing any street in America could increase your risk of severe injury or death. In March 2017, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report showing 2016 as the deadliest year in two decades for pedestrians in the US. Preliminary statistics reveal that nearly 6000 pedestrians nationwide lost their lives that year in traffic accidents, which is an increase of more than 11% from the previous year. This number is surprising because traffic deaths decreased 18% during the same period.
Safety and survivability on the nation’s roads, streets and highways have dramatically changed the landscape for drivers in America. However, this trend is not reflected in individuals outside the cars compared to passengers and drivers inside vehicles. In response, many large cities, including Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles have turned their attention to increasing traffic law enforcement and redesigning streets and intersections to create a safer environment for drivers, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.