'Mind-boggling': Pedestrian deaths surged in 2020, despite fewer cars on the road

May 21, 2021

NBC News

"The wrecks that are occurring are at higher speeds," said Dr. James Augustine, the medical director for emergency medical services in Atlanta, as well as a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Augustine said when bigger vehicles with higher front ends, such as SUVs, hit pedestrians at high speeds, the results are almost always devastating.

"The individual gets thrown in front of the vehicle a significant way, or they get thrown in front of another vehicle, which has an even worse outcome," he said.

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