AAA Study Shows Colorado's Rate of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Doubled in the Past Ten years
COLORADO - According to a new study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) released on January 11, 2021, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents on Colorado's roadways increased by 89% over the past ten years. In the United States, 2018 saw more fatal pedestrian accidents than any other year since 1990.
According to Skyler McKinley, with AAA Colorado, the number of pedestrian fatalities in Colorado outpaced the national rate. He also stated that motorists, walkers, bicyclists, and government agencies should prevent these serious accidents.
The AAA study reported that 93% of the pedestrian deaths that occurred in the United States happened in urban areas. Another terrifying statistic revealed by AAA states that fatal non-crosswalk accidents increased by 70%. Approximately 84% of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred on roads with 30 mph or higher speed limits.
The study found that 75% of all fatal pedestrian accidents occurred after dark. In fact, the number of pedestrians killed at night in 2018 was greater than the total of all pedestrian deaths in 2009, 2012, and 2011.
AAA advises that drivers keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times, obey posted speed limits, put down phones while driving, yield at crosswalks, and use turn signals and headlights.
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