Traffic accidents claim a terrible toll. In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its latest traffic fatality figures, showing a nearly 5% increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities from traffic accidents in 2010 compared to 2009. In some states, the rate of pedestrian fatalities rose substantially. Now, state traffic safety boards are scrambling to try to address this problem.
The national death rate of pedestrians per 100,000 people was 1.38 in 2010, up from 1.33 the year before. In 10 states, the rate of pedestrian fatalities was at least 1.65 per 100,000 people, well above the national rate. Based on independent analysis of the NHTSA report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the states with the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities.
24/7 Wall St. also reviewed Walk Score‘s rating of each state’s “walkability,” which primarily measures the distance between residential areas and urban centers. Seven of the 10 states with the worst walkability scores were among the 15 with the worst fatality rates, including Arizona, which has the worst average score in the country among its 46 cities. Among cities with populations of 100,000 or more, three of the four worst cities are in Florida, including Palm Bay, which has the worst score in the country.
These are the most dangerous states for pedestrians.
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