Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians
Pedestrians are among the few categories of road users where deaths rose. Fatalities declined in almost all segments of the population—passenger vehicle occupants, large-truck occupants, cyclists, young drivers, and with alcohol-impaired driving fatalities; only pedestrian fatalities increased by 2.2 percent, according to NHTSA.[slideshow:87103]
The pedestrian death rates of major cities were generally higher than the national average of 1.53 per 100,000 people in 2014. Half of the deaths occurred during the weekend and three in four don’t?? happen at intersections.
Sadly, there is an estimated increase of 10 percent in the number of persons on foot, killed in traffic crashes in 2015, compared with the prior years, preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows. An estimated 2,368 pedestrians were killed in the first half of last year alone.
The number of residents doesn’t correlate with the fatality rate. For example, Chicago, a city of more than 2.7 million people is not even in the Top 15 when it comes to the most dangerous cities for pedestrians. No. 1 is Detroit, a city with about 680,000 people.
The following list is based on latest data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It includes cities with a population of at least 500,000 people.