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[Study] Pedestrian Fatalities in the United States

May 12, 2020 |

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.

Where Are Pedestrians Most Often Killed?

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):

  1. California (893)
  2. Florida (704)
  3. Texas (612)

Top Three States with the Lowest Pedestrian Fatalities (Highest to Lowest):

  1. New Hampshire (9)
  2. South Dakota (10)
  3. Washington D.C. (11)

Interestingly, states like Maine and Vermont both had 7 cases, while North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming all had 6 pedestrian deaths in 2018.

An Analysis of Pedestrian-Vehicle Related Accidents from 2014-2018

*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
Alabama 540 4654 11.60
Alaska 66 381 17.32
Arizona 933 4630 20.15
Arkansas 239 2622 9.12
California 4294 17773 24.16
Colorado 382 2923 13.07
Connecticut 261 1397 18.68
Delaware 145 604 24.01
District of Columbia 52 135 38.52
Florida 3228 14857 21.73
Georgia 1103 7196 15.33
Hawaii 134 532 25.19
Idaho 70 1131 6.19
Illinois 732 5121 14.29
Indiana 476 4165 11.43
Iowa 111 1692 6.56
Kansas 150 2034 7.37
Kentucky 361 3773 9.57
Louisiana 617 3787 16.29
Maine 72 757 9.51
Maryland 551 2543 21.67
Massachusetts 381 1792 21.26
Michigan 775 4938 15.69
Minnesota 192 1903 10.09
Mississippi 333 3320 10.03
Missouri 456 4436 10.28
Montana 64 974 6.57
Nebraska 84 1147 7.32
Nevada 387 1587 24.39
New Hampshire 57 594 9.60
New Jersey 857 2907 29.48
New Mexico 361 1860 19.41
New York 1390 5167 26.90
North Carolina 977 6962 14.03
North Dakota 34 600 5.67
Ohio 606 5495 11.03
Oklahoma 347 3313 10.47
Oregon 347 2246 15.45
Pennsylvania 826 5910 13.98
Rhode Island 64 290 22.07
South Carolina 694 4848 14.32
South Dakota 41 645 6.36
Tennessee 544 5027 10.82
Texas 2923 18289 15.98
Utah 192 1348 14.24
Vermont 28 300 9.33
Virginia 516 3876 13.31
Washington 448 2658 16.85
West Virginia 110 1407 7.82
Wisconsin 265 2880 9.20
Wyoming 26 641 4.06

Summary

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:

  • District of Columbia (38.52), New Jersey (29.48), and New York (26.90) ranked the highest nationally.
  • Wyoming (4.06), North Dakota (5.67), and Idaho (6.19) ranked the lowest in the total fatalities.
  • Larger, urbanized states are likely to have more accidents involving pedestrians, joggers, cyclists etc. while larger rural states will have lower pedestrian fatalities due to road density, travel patterns, higher populations, and more.
  • According to the IIHS, although urbanized states have higher pedestrian deaths, data shows rural states have higher motor-vehicle accident fatalities. States such as Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota reflect that with way lower pedestrian fatalities, but higher car accident fatal car accidents.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

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:

  • Always walk on sidewalks when they are around
  • Obey all road signals
  • When crossing at intersections, look at cars in all directions and make sure you are visible to them
  • Always watch for cars that are reversing on driveways and parking lots
  • Increase your visibility on the streets when walking at night. Always bring a flashlight and wear reflective clothing
  • Avoid electronic distractions when walking in the community
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking as it can impair your judgment
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