Between the mid-1970s and early 2000s, pedestrian deaths steadily declined, eventually dipping to around 11 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report. But since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have actually increased by 15 percent -- climbing to 4,735 in 2013.
Distracted Walking: How 'Petextrians' Are Endangering Our Streets
We’ve all been warned about the dangers of distracted driving. But what about distracted walking?
A government report released today highlights an unsettling trend: After decades of decline, pedestrian fatalities are once again on the rise. And "petextrians"
people who text while walking may be partly to blame, according to the report.