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Pedestrian and cyclist deaths rise to highest level since 1990

Meanwhile, traffic deaths fell for the second straight year

U.S. traffic deaths fell 2.4% in 2018 to 36,560 although the number of pedestrians killed rose to its highest level in nearly three decades, the U.S. auto safety agency said Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said traffic deaths fell for the second straight year - down 913 from 2017. The fatality rate fell by 3.4% to 1.13 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, the lowest rate since 2014.

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Hit-and-run crash deaths hit record high in 2016, AAA finds

Hit-and-run accidents occur about once every 43 seconds in the U.S.

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that hit-and-run crashes killed 2,049 people in the U.S. in 2016, a record high and a 60 percent increase since 2009. Unsurprisingly, most of the victims — nearly 65 percent — were pedestrians or bicyclists.

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Pedestrian death rate jumps at fastest pace ever recorded

Despite efforts to eliminate fatalities, they're instead increasing at historic rates.

Pedestrian deaths are increasing at the fastest rate recorded since record keeping began more than four decades ago. Researchers project a 10-percent year-over-year increase in pedestrian deaths in 2015.

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Traffic deaths inch lower, but federal officials forecast huge spike

Early Projections Show 8.1-Percent Increase in Fatalities In First Half Of 2015

In some respects, there's never been a safer time to ride in a car. The number of vehicle occupants killed in traffic accidents dipped to 21,022 in 2014, according to the federal agency that tracks the numbers. It's the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1975.

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