While U.S. traffic deaths fell by roughly 2.4% in 2018, research shows that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents rose to its highest level in nearly three decades.
Pedestrians Deaths Rise as Other Traffic Fatalities Fall
According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the over all traffic fatality rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2014 with 36,560 deaths recorded, about 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicles miles traveled; however, the total number of pedestrian deaths continue to rise.
In all, the total number of pedestrian fatalities recorded in 2018 climbed 3.4% to 6,283. Similarly, the number of people killed while using bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles rose 6.3% to 857. In fact, more pedestrians and cyclists were killed in 2019 than any year since 1990.
Over the past decade, pedestrian deaths have increased by 42% in the last decade while all other types of traffic deaths have fallen by 8%.
About three-quarters of all pedestrian deaths take place at night, according to NHTSA, and 74% were not at intersections when struck.
Total U.S. Traffic Deaths by Year
The following information was provided by USA Today:
- 2018: 36,750*
- 2017: 37,133
- 2016: 37,806
- 2015: 35,484
- 2014: 32,744
- 2013: 32,893
- 2012: 33,782
- 2011: 32,479
- 2010: 32,999
- 2009: 33,883
- 2008: 37,423
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