Pedestrian deaths in the U.S. hit a 28 year high in 2018 according to the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The number of pedestrian deaths involving SUVs increased by 50 percent from 2013 through 2017 and the number of pedestrian deaths caused by passenger cars increased by 30 percent over the same period.
Pedestrian deaths are increasing nationally and are surging in San Francisco. Nationally, pedestrian deaths increased ten percent in 2015. San Francisco is California's most dangerous City for pedestrians. Fifty percent of all traffic deaths in San Francisco are pedestrian accidents. One out of every four trauma cases at San Francisco General Hospital involves a pedestrian hit by a vehicle.