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Pedestrian Deaths and Large Vehicles

Justin Tyndall ()

No 2020-4, Working Papers from University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Abstract: Traffic fatalities in the US have been rising among pedestrians even as they fall among motorists. Contemporaneously, the US has undergone a significant shift in consumer preferences for motor vehicles, with larger Sport Utility Vehicles comprising an increased market share. Larger vehicles may pose a risk to pedestrians, increasing the severity of collisions. I use data covering all fatal vehicle collisions in the US and exploit heterogeneity in changing vehicle fleets across metros for identification. Between 2000 and 2018, I estimate that replacing the growth in Sport Utility Vehicles with cars would have averted 1,100 pedestrian deaths. The largest Sport Utility Vehicles appear particularly culpable for pedestrian deaths.

Keywords: Transportation; Safety; Health; Traffic Fatalities; Externalities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 R41 R42 R48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2020-10
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