So what's to blame for the increase in deaths? Is it due to more people walking? An increase in older people with slower reflexes and poorer eye sight driving? More people driving distracted- aka talking or texting on their phones?
TheNHTSA doesn't pretend to know what's causing more pedestrians to be victims in collisions with vehicles, but the Washington Post says it could be due to distracted walking- wearing headphones or using mobile devices while walking or using public transportation. Here's the Washington Post story.