These Cities Have the Highest Pedestrian Accident Fatality Rates
Pedestrians are always at risk of being injured or killed by motor vehicles. While fatalities declined in other types of road accidents, pedestrian fatalities increased by 2.2% in 2014, according to the NHTSA. The national average pedestrian death rate was 1.53 per 100,000 – with all the higher than average fatality rates going to the major cities. America’s cities are becoming increasingly dangerous for pedestrians. Remember that you should talk to a pedestrian accident attorney if you are ever hit by a car while walking.
Here are the 10 worst cities for pedestrians in America based on pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people, according to the latest data released by the NHTSA:
- Detroit, Michigan: Detroit, with a population of 680,000 and pedestrian death rate of 5.88 per 100,000, takes the crown as America’s deadliest city for pedestrians. In 2014, 125 pedestrians were killed in collision with motor vehicles, which was 32% of pedestrians hit by motor vehicles in the city. The city has held the title several times, including in 2012 and 2014.
- Albuquerque, New Mexico: The title of the first runner-up goes to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This city of 570,000 people has a pedestrian death rate of 5.03. In 2014, 28 pedestrians were killed, which is half of all the pedestrians hit by motor vehicles in the city. The other half were injured, but survived.
- Phoenix, Arizona: Third place goes to the city known as the “Valley of the Sun.” With a population of 1.5 million, Phoenix has a pedestrian death rate of 4.36. In 2014, a total of 67 pedestrians were killed, which was 37.9% of all pedestrians hit by a motor vehicle in the city. Due to its bigger population, it ranked lower than the first and second place cities.
- San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio had 147 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, which was 36.1% of all the pedestrians hit by motor vehicles. Currently, this city of 1.4 million people has a pedestrian fatality rate of 3.69, which makes it the fourth most dangerous city for pedestrians in the nation.
- Jacksonville, Florida: There were 29 pedestrian fatalities in Jacksonville in 2014, which was about a third of all the pedestrians hit by a motor vehicle in the city. Until 2012, it was ranked the third most dangerous city in the United States for pedestrians. The situation has somewhat improved in recent years. This city of 1.57 million currently ranks fifth with a pedestrian fatality rate of 3.40.
- Dallas, Texas: A total of 41 pedestrians died as a result of collision with motor vehicles in Dallas in 2014. Despite having designed the Dallas Pedestrian Network (DPN), a system of grade-separated walkways that covers 36 blocks of downtown Dallas, the city of 1.258 million people currently has a pedestrian fatality rate of 3.20, which makes it the sixth most dangerous city in America for pedestrians.
- Memphis, Tennessee: Until recently, Memphis used to have a total traffic fatality rate of 13.55 per 100,000 people, one of the highest in America. The situation has improved quite dramatically in the past few years after the success of Livable Memphis, a project launched by the city to combat traffic accidents. Twenty pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2014, which was about 20% of all the people hit by cars. Currently, this city of 653,450 people has a pedestrian fatality rate of 3.04.
- Houston, Texas: In 2014, sixty pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in Houston, which was 25.86% of all people killed in traffic accidents in the city. Currently, this city of 2.2 million people has a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.68.
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin: This city of nearly 600,000 people currently has a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.50. In 2014, about a third of the people killed in traffic accidents in the city were pedestrians.
- Louisville, Kentucky: With a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.45 per 100,000 people, which is well above the national average of 1.53, Louisville takes the last position in this list of the top 10 dangerous cities for pedestrians in America. In 2014, fifteen pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in this city of 253,128 people.
Other cities that rank high in pedestrian fatality rate include Los Angeles, California (2.44), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2.44), Fort Worth, Texas (2.34), San Diego, California (2.32) and Indianapolis, Indiana (2.30). Every population center is dangerous for pedestrians. If you have been injured by a motor vehicle while walking, talk to an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to file a personal injury claim.