Ever-larger cars and trucks are causing a safety crisis on US streets – here’s how communities can fight back

Deadly traffic incidents have declined in most developed countries in recent years. But in the U.S. they’re becoming more common. Deaths in motor vehicle crashes rose more than 33% from 2011 to 2021. Since 2010, pedestrian deaths nationwide have climbed a shocking 77%, compared with a 25% increase in all other types of traffic fatalities.

"A vehicle could receive a failing grade for protecting pedestrians yet still earn a five-star safety rating overall."