Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Idaho
As of 2015, Idaho had a recorded population of 1,654,930 people. Over the past 10 years, the population has been growing slowly but consistently. In 2005, the population of Idaho was recorded at 1,429,096, and 5 years later the population was 1,567,582. These statistics show you that Idaho’s population increases by about 100,000 people every 5 years.
When you compare the population to the number of people killed in crashes and collisions each year, you will see little to no pattern.
- In 2005, 243 fatal crashes resulted in 275 people dying
- In 2010, 185 fatal accidents resulted in 209 people dying
- In 2015, 198 fatal crashes resulted in 216 people dying
The number of people killed in car crashes in 2005 translates to 19.2 deaths per 100,000 people, and in 2010 the rate fell to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Lastly, in 2015, the rate of deaths per 100,000 people was 13.1. This number is higher than the national average of traffic deaths in 2015, which were 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people.
When a crash occurs not only occupants of the vehicles involved are at risk; pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to significant injury and death. In 2015, Idaho lost eight pedestrians, which accounted for four percent of the total deaths caused by motor vehicle collisions that year. During 2010, an estimated 10 pedestrians were killed, accounting for five percent of the total number of traffic fatalities. In 2005, about nine pedestrians were killed, accounting for about nine percent of the total number of motor vehicle-related deaths that year. As you can see, when comparing these statistics there has been little to no change in the number of people who are killed while walking, jogging, sitting and standing beside a roadway in Idaho, making it clear more needs to be done to protects these road users.