The United States Governors Highway Safety Association has made public an estimation of 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016. This is by far the biggest number in more than two decades.
In the last six years they have been raising at a rate of four times of overall traffic deaths.
The report says a number of factors are to blame, including mobile use.
“A more recent factor contributing to the increase in pedestrian fatalities may be the growing use of smartphones by all road users, which can be a significant source of distraction for both drivers and pedestrians,” the report stated.
Also amongst the factors is also the improved economy, and lower gas prices which lead to people owning more cars and driving around more. Plus the factor that most people tend to use a smartphone even though they are driving. These distractions from either a phone call or just texting are proving to be fatal.
But some cities have decided to fight back and come up with some witty solutions to this notorious problem.
In the Bavarian town of Augsburg, the station has fitted red and green lights in the ground to warn people who “stubbornly look at their smartphone”.