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Study Finds New Mexico Has Abnormally High Pedestrian Fatality Rate

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

An alarming new study has found that pedestrian deaths are on the rise in the United States with the state of New Mexico’s reporting tome of the highest numbers in the nation.

Details about the Pedestrian Study

The report is based on state traffic fatality figures and shows a 6-percent increase in the number of fatalities from 2014-2015. This is the largest year-to-year increases since 1975.

New Mexico has one of the highest rates in the nation, with about 1.01 fatality for every 100,000 residents in the state; however, the Albuquerque Police Department says that most of the time, the fault lies with the pedestrians.

The police department says that many of the fatalities happen at night and away from crosswalks. Specifically, areas along Central seem to be especially dangerous for pedestrians. Even though the new study indicates that New Mexico has one of the highest fatality rates, the number of fatalities dropped from 71 in 2014 to 48 in 2015.

Distracted drivers and people who drive under the influence are also to blame for the amount of pedestrian deaths in the state of New Mexico.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that there are thousands of wrongful deaths of pedestrians every year in the United States:

  • 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2013.
  • 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities happened from 6-9 p.m. in 2013.
  • There were an estimated 66,000 pedestrians who were injured in traffic accidents in 2013.


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