The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates 7,904 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents in 2020. 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 2020 6,516 pedestrians died in traffic crashes occurring on public roads.
According to NHTSA data, in 2020 most pedestrian traffic deaths occurred in urban settings (80%), on the open road (76%) versus intersections (24%), and during dark lighting conditions (76%). The largest number of pedestrian deaths occur on Saturdays (1,005), and the majority of these deaths happen during dark lighting conditions (821).
Except for a decline on Saturday and Sunday, the number of pedestrian deaths during daylight hours is relatively consistent throughout the week. However, pedestrian fatalities at night (during dark lighting conditions) vary substantially. Nighttime 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 (NSC) analysis of NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data.