Pedestrian safety is a significant issue all over the United States. Just in 2018 alone, 6,283 pedestrians were killed in the United States – the most deaths since 1990. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents and fatalities still remain high.
Our Milwaukee-based personal injury law firm, Cannon & Dunphy, S.C., wanted to take a closer look at pedestrian-vehicle related accidents in the United States. We analyzed data from the NHTSA in a 5-year time frame to discover where pedestrians are most often killed, how many fatalities occur yearly, and the total number of deaths involving pedestrians and passengers in motor vehicle crashes.
As mentioned, there were 6,283 pedestrian fatalities in the United States in 2018. Unfortunately, this was a 3% increase in deaths compared to the previous year. The interactive map above displays each state’s number of pedestrian fatalities.
Top Three States with the Highest Pedestrian Fatalities (Highest to Lowest):
Top Three States with the Lowest Pedestrian Fatalities (Highest to Lowest):
Interestingly, states like Maine and Vermont both had 7 cases, while North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming all had 6 pedestrian deaths in 2018.
*Data is totaled from all pedestrian fatalities and motor-vehicle accident fatalities from 2014-2018
|State||Pedestrian Fatalities||All Fatalities in Motor-Vehicle Crashes||Total Percentage of Fatalities|
|District of Columbia||52||135||38.52|
The table above looks at pedestrian fatalities and total fatalities of everyone involved in a car accident from 2014-2018. Pedestrian fatalities and motor-vehicle passenger fatalities were totaled from the 5 year time frame to calculate the total fatality percentage. Some interesting facts:
Due to the surge in pedestrian accidents, you want to make sure you and your loved ones are walking safely in your community. Follow these safety tips from our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys below to take all necessary precautions: