Deadliest States for Runners and Walkers from 10 Deadliest States for Runners, Joggers, Hikers and Other Pedestrians
10 Deadliest States for Runners, Joggers, Hikers and Other Pedestrians
Deadliest States for Runners and Walkers
Runners and walkers, perforce, spend a lot of the time on the streets. And they share the highway with all manner of traffic. It can be a deadly combination.
The chance that you will be hit and killed by a motor vehicle when out running or walking is small. But it is not zero.
More than 4,000 runners, joggers, hikers and other pedestrians die in traffic accidents each year in America. That is one in seven of all traffic-accident fatalities and works out to 1.51 deaths for every 100,000 people in the U.S.
1.71 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 resident population.
A poor state that was slow to spend tax dollars on making its streets safer for those on foot; only three states did worse in reducing pedestrian fatality rates since 1994, though it has done better over the past five years.
8. North Carolina
1.74 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 resident population.
One of the most densely populated states, it has the fifth most traffic-related pedestrian deaths each year and is home to four of the ten cities rated least walking friendly.
2.21 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 resident population.
Another of the poorest states in the nation unable to keep up with needed road safety infrastructure improvements, leaving it underperforming the national averages in reducing pedestrian deaths.
2.29 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 resident population.
Alcohol and drugs are involved in a greater percentage of traffic fatalities than in other state and reflecting that the number of pedestrian deaths in Delaware fluctates more year to year than in any other state.
2.55 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 resident population.
Despite being the most deadly state in the nation for runners and walkers, pedestrian fatality rates have been falling sharply following a state-government push to make Florida more walking friendly, an initiative that has lowered the number of such deaths by 17% from 2005's peak.