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Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrian deaths are an unfortunate danger in the US, and they can occur to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. At RMFW Law, we have a number of personal injury lawyers who can get you the compensation that you deserve, if you ever need to make a claim

We’ve looked at data from between 2012 and 2020, to find out which states have recorded the most and least pedestrian deaths, as well as which states have recorded the highest and lowest number of pedestrian deaths per 100,000. 

As the number of pedestrian deaths changes each year, we’ve also used this data to create an average for each state.

Total Pedestrian Deaths per State

We looked at data from between 2012 and 2020 and totalled the number of pedestrian deaths which occurred in each state, to uncover the states where the most deaths occur. 

Most Pedestrian Deaths per State

Most Pedestrian Deaths per State
  1. California – 7,724 pedestrian deaths

Between 2012 and 2020, California recorded the highest number of pedestrian deaths, with a total of 7,742 – over 2,000 more than any other state. Their highest total in our time frame was in 2020 when 986 pedestrians were killed.

  1. Florida – 5,615 pedestrian deaths

Florida recorded the second highest number of pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2020, with a total of 5,615. Their highest year was in 2019 when 972 pedestrians died. 

  1. Texas – 5,225 pedestrian deaths

Texas takes the third spot with 5,225 pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2020. Despite having a higher population than Florida in second place, Texas has recorded almost 400 fewer pedestrian deaths. 

  1. New York – 2,534 pedestrian deaths

New York takes fourth place with 2,534 pedestrian deaths in total between 2012 and 2020. New York ranking so highly is exactly why we have New York city personal injury lawyers, so you can get the compensation you deserve. 

  1. Georgia – 1,962 pedestrian deaths

Georgia completes our top five with 1,962 pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2020. Georgia’s highest total was in 2020 when 279 pedestrians were killed. Their lowest total was in 2014 when 163 pedestrians died. 

Fewest Pedestrian Deaths per State

Fewest Pedestrian Deaths per State
  1. Wyoming – 53 pedestrian deaths

Just one death separates our top three, with Wyoming topping the list with just 53 pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2020. Their lowest total was in 2013 when just four pedestrians were killed. 

  1. Vermont – 54 pedestrian deaths

Vermont takes second place with 54 pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2020. Vermont also has the second lowest population in the United States. Their lowest total was in 2019, when just three pedestrians were killed.

  1. North Dakota – 55 pedestrian deaths

North Dakota completes our top three with 55 pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2020. Their total in 2013 was the fewest deaths recorded by any state in any year, with just one pedestrian dying. North Dakota also has the fifth lowest population, despite having fewer deaths.

Average Pedestrian Deaths per State

Using the totals, we’ve discovered the average number of pedestrian deaths per year for each state, using the same year range of 2012-2020. 

Highest Average 

Highest Average Pedestrian Deaths per State
  1. California – 858 pedestrian deaths per year

California, who recorded the most deaths across the years 2012 and 2020, unsurprisingly had the highest average per year, with 858 pedestrian deaths. California comfortably takes top spot again, with over 250 more deaths than second place. 

  1. Florida – 624 pedestrian deaths per year

In second place is Florida who recorded an average of 624 pedestrian deaths per year, between 2012 and 2020. Despite having almost 8 million more people than Texas in third place, Florida still has over 60 pedestrian deaths more.

  1. Texas – 581 pedestrian deaths per year

Our unchanged top three is completed with Texas, who averaged 581 pedestrian deaths per year, between 2012 and 2020. This is almost 300 deaths more than fourth placed, New York, who registered an average of 282 deaths per year. 

Lowest Average

Lowest Average Pedestrian Deaths per State
  1. Wyoming/Vermont/North Dakota – 6 pedestrian deaths per year

Our fewest pedestrian deaths per year is shared between three states, all with an average of just six per year. Wyoming and Vermont, who are the two lowest populated states in America, join North Dakota as the safest for pedestrians. 

  1. South Dakota – 8 pedestrian deaths per year

South Dakota takes second place with an average of eight pedestrian deaths per year between 2012 and 2020. This is very impressive considering that this state is the sixth lowest populated state in America.

  1. District of Columbia – 10 pedestrian deaths per year

District of Columbia completes our top three with 10 pedestrian deaths per year on average. Their lowest total was in 2012, with just seven pedestrian deaths. 

Fatality Rate per 100,000 

To put the totals into perspective, we’ve looked at the fatality rate per 100,00 in each state, to see which state has the highest fatality rate, respective to their population.

Highest Fatality Rate per 100,000

Highest Fatality Rate per 100,000
  1. New Mexico – 3.37 pedestrian deaths per 100,000

New Mexico has the highest number of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 between 2012 and 2020, with 3.37. Their highest total was in 2018 with 3.97 pedestrian deaths. 

  1. Florida –  3.04 pedestrian deaths per 100,000

Florida take second place with an average of 3.04 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 between 2012 and 2020. Their highest was 3.32 which they recorded in 2018, 2019, and 2020. 

  1. Delaware – 2.97 pedestrian deaths per 100,000

Delaware completes our top three with an average of 2.97 pedestrian deaths per 100,000. This is particularly alarming considering Delaware has one of the smallest populations in the US.

Lowest Fatality Rate per 100,000

Lowest Fatality Rate per 100 000 population
  1. Minnesota – 0.71 pedestrian deaths per 100,000

Minnesota narrowly takes top spot with an average of 0.71 pedestrian deaths per 100,000, just 0.01 lower than second place. Their lowest was in 2014 with just 0.28 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 recorded.

  1. Iowa – 0.72 pedestrian deaths per 100,000

Iowa take second place, only just though, with an average of 0.72 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 between 2012 and 2020. Throughout our time period, Iowa has never recorded more than 1 death per 100,000.

  1. Idaho – 0.8 pedestrian deaths per 100,000

Idaho completes our top three with an average of 0.8 pedestrian deaths per 100,000. Idaho recorded more than 1 pedestrian death just once which was in 2016. Their lowest total was the year before, in 2015, with just 0.48.

Methodology

We used government data supplied from FARS to get the total number of pedestrians, as well as the fatality rate per 100,000.

We then totalled the number of deaths to find out which state had the most, and averaged the totals for each year to discover which recorded the highest number of pedestrian deaths per year. 

We then used the fatality rate per 100,000 to find out the highest and lowest deaths per state.