Auto manufacturers have predicted that self-driving cars will become a common sight on the roads in Louisiana and around the country, but a spate of deadly accidents involving vehicles equipped with autonomous or semi-autonomous equipment suggest that there are many problems to iron out before human beings can safely hand over driving responsibilities to machines. One of those accidents occurred in March 2018 in Arizona, and it claimed the life of a 49-year-old woman.
The number of people killed on the roads in Louisiana and around the country fell slightly in 2018 according to a set of figures released recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sadly, the news was far from good for the country's most vulnerable road users. The number of pedestrians killed after being struck by a motor vehicle rose by 3.4% to 6,283 in 2018, and cyclist fatalities climbed by an even more alarming 6.3% to 857. The pedestrian death toll in 2018 was the highest since 1990 according to NHTSA.
Pedestrian deaths are rising in Louisiana and across the U.S. according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Preliminary numbers show that 2018 might have been the deadliest year for pedestrians in almost 30 years.