Pedestrian Fatality Report 2017

GHSA’s annual Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities projects an 11% increase in the number of persons on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to 2015. This report offers a first look at state-by-state trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2016, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and the District of Columbia.

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States reported 2,660 pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2016, compared to 2,486 deaths during the same time period in the previous year. Using this data and historic trends, GHSA estimates that there were 5,997 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Potential factors contributing to this spike include a better economy, an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distraction due to growing use of smartphone technology.

GHSA also asked its state members to provide examples of their efforts to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions. Promising strategies include: high visibility enforcement and public information campaigns aimed at both motorists and pedestrians; identifying high-risk zones and conducting educational outreach in these areas; and strategic partnerships with local universities and community organizations to advance pedestrian safety.

The report was authored by Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants.

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JPEGs of the following infographics are available for download under “Resource Downloads” below. For higher resolution PDF images, please contact Madison Forker at mforker@ghsa.org.

5,997 Pedestrian Fatalities Projected for 20162016 Could be First Year in 20 Years With Over 6,000 Pedestrian Deaths82% of Pedestrian Fatalities Occur Outside of IntersectionsPedestrian Fatalities Up 11% from 2015, 22% from 2014

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