Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Michigan
Michigan is a northern state in the United Sates of America that is known for surrounding the Great Lakes. As of 2015, the reported population of Michigan was 9,922,576 people. In the past ten years since 2005, the population has actually dropped. In 2005, the population of Michigan was recorded at 10,120,860 people. Five years later in 2010 the population had dropped nearly by 300,000 people, reaching 9,883,640 individuals. When comparing the populations side by side, you see that Michigan has decreased in size in the past 10 years.
The statistics below indicate that the number of accidents, deaths, and deaths per 100,000 people have been decreasing over the past 10 years even though the population of Michigan is increasing. The national average of deaths per 100,000 individuals was 10.9 in 2015. So even with the high number of traffic-related fatalities in Michigan, they maintained a lower average of deaths in 2015 than the nation did as a whole.
- 2005, 1,030 accidents caused 1,129 deaths, or 11.2 people per 100,000
- 2007, 991 accidents caused 1,088 deaths, or 10.8 people per 100,000
- 2009, 806 accidents caused 871 deaths, or 8.7 people per 100,000
- 2010, 873 accidents caused 942 deaths, or 9.5 people per 100,000
- 2011, 834 accidents caused 889 deaths, or 9.0 people per 100,000
- 2013, 876 accidents caused 947 deaths, or 9.6 people per 100,000
- 2015, 893 accidents caused 963 deaths, or 9.7 people per 100,000
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road user and to injury or possibly even death due to traffic accidents. In 2015, there were 166 people who died while walking near the road. These 166 pedestrians accounted for 17 percent of the total lives lost in traffic-related incidents in 2015. Five years earlier in 2010, 128 pedestrians lost their lives due to traffic accidents, or 14 percent of the total deaths that year. Lastly, in 2005, 137 people died as pedestrians, which is equivalent to 12 percent of traffic-related deaths. These statistics show the state has far more to do to increase the safety of all road users.