NC Pedestrian Deaths Reach 28-Year High
Deaths rose 4% in 2018
A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that pedestrian deaths rose 4% to 6,227 in 2018. This is a particular concern as school begins, since some children walk all or part of the way to their schools.
The number of deaths involving SUVs increased by 50% between 2013 and 2017, and the number of deaths caused by passenger cars increased by 30%.
Since hitting a low of 4,109 deaths in 2009, pedestrian deaths are up 51.5% since that time. They now make up 16% of all road deaths, up from 12% in 2009.
The states that are expected have more than 100 pedestrian deaths in 2019 include, in rank order, California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, New York and North Carolina.