GHSA: Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Surge by 11% in 2016
Last year, deadly pedestrian accidents increased by 11 percent, when compared to those occurring in 2015. This is according to a new report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
According to this report, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016, representing:
- A 25 percent increase since 2010 – Over this same period, total traffic fatalities increased by about 6 percent.
- The largest annual increase in pedestrian deaths in the four decades that national data has been kept.
States with the Most Pedestrian Deaths in 2016
This GHSA report broke down the numbers of pedestrian fatalities by state, revealing that in 2016:
- 34 states had increases in pedestrian deaths (when compared to 2015).
- Four states – California, Florida, Texas and New York – accounted for more than 40 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.
- The top three states with the highest pedestrian death rate (per capita) included Delaware, Florida and Arizona.
Interestingly, only 15 states saw decreases in pedestrian deaths last year.
Why Are Deadly Pedestrian Accidents Increasing?
Concluding this report, the GHSA pointed out various factors that may be contributing to the surge in pedestrian accidents, including (but not limited to):
- Cellphone distraction, which prevent drivers, as well as pedestrians, from being fully aware of the traffic conditions and their surroundings
- Impairment, which can involve alcohol or drug use by drivers and/or pedestrians – Pedestrians were two times more likely than drivers to be impaired.
- Falling fuel prices, causing more drivers to be on the roads
- Vehicle miles traveled, which increased by about 3.3 percent in 2016 (when compared to 2015), meaning motorists were driving more last year
- Weather and the amount of time people spend walking.
The GHSA ends this report with a call-to-action for all state transportation safety authorities, urging them to “continue to focus their efforts on effective countermeasures to reverse the trend of increasing pedestrian fatalities.”
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