The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates 7,680 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents in 2018. Non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic ways such as driveways, parking lots, or other private property. The latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2018 6,283 pedestrians died in traffic crashes occurring on public roads.  

According to NHTSA reports, in 2018 most pedestrian traffic deaths occurred in urban settings (79%), on the open road (74%) vs. intersections (25%), and at night (76%). The largest number of pedestrian deaths occur on Saturdays (1,031), and the majority of these deaths happen at night (837).

Except for a decline on Saturday and Sundays, the number of pedestrian deaths during daylight hours is relatively consistent throughout the week. However, pedestrian fatalities at night vary substantially. Night time pedestrian deaths are at their lowest point on Tuesday and increase throughout the remainder of the week, peaking on Saturday.

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Source: National Safety Council tabulations of NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System data.
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