Pedestrian deaths saw a significant spike in 2016, reaching a staggering total of 5,997, the highest total ever recorded since the U.S. began tracking the measure more than two decades ago.
The reason? People are distracted more than ever by texting and using their smartphones.
According to preliminary state data gathered for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities surged 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, continuing an upward trend.
Pedestrian fatalities surged 10 percent from 2014 to 2015.
According to the Associated Press,