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New Report on Pedestrian Deaths Reveals Interesting Commonalities

We have serious traffic safety laws governing crosswalks and intersections for an important reason: pedestrian safety. The human body is no match for a car, bus or truck, and traffic-control rules are designed to protect people from being hit by potentially deadly vehicles.

AOL Autos recently highlighted a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about pedestrian traffic deaths on public roads and deduces interesting commonalities among the pedestrian victims.

Commonalities of Pedestrian Fatalities

From the study emerges a picture of the most typical characteristics of a U.S. pedestrian fatality. The pedestrian in these scenarios is walking:

  • In an urban area
  • Outside an intersection or crosswalk
  • During rain or snow
  • On Friday or Saturday after 4:00 p.m.
  • Likely a male

The survey also reveals the top five states for pedestrian fatality rates. From highest to lowest, they include:

  • Florida
  • Delaware
  • Arizona
  • South Carolina
  • Hawaii

Additionally, the bottom five states for pedestrian fatality rates are listed (lowest first) and include:

  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Wyoming
  • Iowa
  • Idaho and Vermont tied

Among these characteristics reveals another interesting find: After four years of declining numbers pedestrian deaths have risen. In 2010, pedestrian fatalities increased 4 percent from 2009. Over 4,000 deaths occurred in 2010, up from about 4,200 in 2009.

It remains to be seen whether numbers will continue to increase. It's likely, however, given the increase in use of mobile devices by pedestrians.

Source: AOL Autos, "Number of Pedestrians Killed Rises For First Time In Five Years," Pete Bigelow, August 7, 2012

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