These non-COVID-19 deaths rise amid a pandemic
These non-COVID-19 deaths rise amid a pandemic

These non-COVID-19 deaths rise amid a pandemic

Despite fewer cars on the road in the US during the pandemic, so far data indicates rising pedestrian death rates in the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019, according to the governor’s Highway Safety Association.

State Highway Safety Offices in all 50 states and Washington, DC, provided preliminary counts of pedestrian deaths that occurred in the first half of 2020. The numbers provide an early look at 2020 projections before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s death analysis reporting system data is available. The reported data used for the analysis are preliminary and in some cases incomplete.

Six things to know:

1. The death rate for pedestrians per. 1 billion vehicle miles driven in the U.S. increased by an expected 20 percent for the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019.

For the first six months of the year, data indicate that the expected deaths in 2020 (2,957) are broadly on a par with the high levels in 2019 (2,951), despite major reductions in motor vehicle travel. From 2010-19, the number of U.S. pedestrian deaths increased by 46 percent.

3. GHSA expects a total annual death toll for pedestrians of 1.9 per. 100,000 people in 2020, which would be a small decrease from the 2019 rate of 2 per. 100,000.

4. Pedestrian deaths in the first half of 2020 increased in 27 states and decreased in 20 states and Washington, DC, while three states reported no change.

Seven states – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Texas – accounted for more than half (54 percent) of all pedestrian deaths. New Mexico had the highest rate of pedestrian deaths per capita. resident population, while Vermont had the lowest.

In addition, an estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the first half of 2021, the highest number reported during the first half of the year since 2006, according to data projections from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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