There were roughly 6,000 pedestrians killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2017. That’s the same high level of pedestrian fatalities as was recorded in 2016, up from about 5,400 in 2015. In fact the number has been climbing since 2009, with only the smallest of dips in 2013.
Now, it doesn’t take a genius to see the main change in our society since 2009. Just look out of your window and you’re likely to see a zombified walker staring at her smartphone, or maybe a driver sneaking an illegal look at a black rectangle.
Some 80 percent of us now own smartphones, compared to a mere