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Pedestrian fatalities hit a four-decade high in 2021: These states recorded the most

(The Hill) – Pedestrian deaths hit a four-decade high in 2021, with an average of 20 fatalities in the United States every day, according to a new report.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), about 7,485 people were killed on foot last year, compared to 6,711 in 2020.

Seven states reported an increase of more than 30% in the number of pedestrians struck and killed in motor vehicle crashes.

“It is heartbreaking and unacceptable. The pandemic has caused so much death and damage that it is frustrating to see even more lives needlessly killed due to dangerous driving,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins.

“We must tackle the root causes of the pedestrian safety crisis – speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors, inadequate infrastructure and roads designed for vehicle speed rather than safety – to reverse this trend and ensure that people can walk safely,” he added.

Here are the states with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities last year:


California has recorded the most pedestrian fatalities, with 958 deaths recorded. The figure marks a 6% decrease from 2020, when the state reported 1,026 pedestrian fatalities, giving it the largest decrease in foot fatalities in a year.


The Sunshine State saw a 25% increase in foot fatalities in one year with 899 fatalities, making it the state with the largest increase in pedestrian fatalities.


Texas went from 714 pedestrian fatalities in 2020 to 825 in 2021, an increase of 15%.


Georgia reported 348 pedestrian fatalities, an increase of 23% over a one-year period.

New York

The Empire State saw 296 walking deaths, up from 241 the previous year.


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