The Governors Highway Safety Association projects, in a new report being released publicly on Thursday, that 6,590 people died on or along U.S. roadways in 2019.
The report, which is based on preliminary data from the 50 states and Washington, D.C., reinforces the findings of the 2018 Detroit Free Press/USA TODAY investigation, “Death on foot: America’s love of SUVs is killing pedestrians,” which found that a significant factor in the increasing number of deaths is the consumer shift from passenger cars to trucks and SUVs.
The investigation found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had made the connection at least as early as 2015. NHTSA reported on page 90 of a 195-page report that a dozen studies found that “pedestrians are two to three times ‘more likely to suffer a fatality when struck by an SUV or pickup than when struck by a passenger car.’”
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