Mo­tor ve­hi­cles

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EV­ERY PLANE CRASH GETS A NEWS SPOT, BUT THE 100-PLUS ve­hic­u­lar deaths that oc­cur each day in the U.S. rarely at­tract at­ten­tion. Our fa­mil­iar­ity with driv­ing makes us feel safe. But op­er­at­ing a 2-ton metal tank run­ning on com­bustible fuel is risky. Even walk­ing isn’t safe any­more: Pedes­trian deaths are up, thanks in large part to the re­cent supremacy of the SUV, whose taller pro­file is more likely to land a fa­tal blow to the chest than a glanc­ing one to the knees. Here, we show how those strikes fit into the 42,246 to­tal transit deaths in 2016.

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