Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Alabama

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Alabama

Alabama had 4,858,979-recorded residents in 2015, compared to the 321,418,820 citizens of America in 2015. This makes up a little more than 1% of the American population. During 2015, Alabama had an average of 17.47 fatalities due to traffic accidents per 100,000 residents, while the U.S. has an average of 10.92 fatalities per 100,000 residents. This means that residents of Alabama are more likely to lose their lives in a traffic accident than the average American citizen is.

Unfortunately, during 2011 there was a total of 895 people died in traffic accidents in our state, and 79 of them were pedestrians. This means pedestrians accounted for 9% of fatalities caused by traffic accidents that year. These numbers have remained fairly constant for the next five years. In 2013, there were 59 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents or 7% of the total traffic deaths. In 2015 the number of pedestrians killed jumped to 98. Due to the increase in numbers, the percentage of pedestrian deaths in 2015 also rose to 12%.

Pedestrian deaths according to race in Alabama were very concentrated between black and white residents. In 2014, 65 white pedestrians, and 35 black pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents compared to 7 pedestrians of other races. This pattern had repeated since 2011 when 43 white pedestrians and 35 black pedestrians were killed compared to 10 pedestrians of other races.

According to county, deaths are fairly evenly spread throughout the state. Though the most deaths in a single county 2015 occurred in Jefferson County, with 16 deaths or 2.42 fatalities per 100,000 residents. Mobile County had almost as many deaths, with 14 pedestrians, or 3.37 deaths per 100,00 residents.

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