Pedestrian fatalities rise despite advancing technology

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2020 | motor vehicle accidents

When vehicle manufacturers and technology companies collaborate on features designed to prevent car accidents or to reduce the impact of an accident, consumers should benefit by enjoying improved safety on the roads.

Unfortunately, not every group seems to be safer just because more new automobiles include features that tout such improvements. Pedestrians are one group that continues to experience significant safety problems when navigating busy streets.

New York’s pedestrian fatalities jump in 2018

In 2017, the data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that a total of 1,006 people were killed in vehicular accidents across the state of New York. Of those killed, 246 were pedestrians. The pedestrian deaths that year represented 24% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities.

In 2018, the total number of people killed in auto crashes in New York dropped to 943. Unfortunately, the total number of pedestrians killed in auto crashes that year increased to 262, accounting for 28% of all vehicular fatalities.

AAA study reviews pedestrian safety features

Some new vehicles today come equipped with systems targeted at identifying pedestrians and then automatically stopping the vehicles prior to hitting the pedestrian dummies. One AAA study evaluated the effectiveness of these combined systems. Sadly, the results indicated that these two features failed to prevent pedestrian accidents in the majority of situations.

The best results came from test scenarios in clear, daylight conditions. Test vehicles drove at 30 miles per hour. Adult pedestrian dummies walked directly in front of the vehicles. Pedestrian dummies were hit by the test vehicles in six out of ten situations.