Jump in Pedestrian Deaths Sparks NTSB Call for New Standards

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for new vehicle regulations—including better standards for headlights, vehicle design, and crash-avoidance technologies—in response to the alarming increase in pedestrians killed by vehicles in the U.S.

Pedestrian deaths soared by 46 percent from 2009 to 2016, according to a study earlier this year by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with an increasing share of the deaths away from intersections and on busy and dark city and suburban roads.