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Alabama had 7th most pedestrian deaths per capita in nation over last five years

Charlie Walker

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When it comes to vehicle accidents, pedestrians in Alabama are the most unprotected and vulnerable group according to a report from CarInsurance.org.

An analysis of five years of data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) found that from 2013 to 2017, pedestrian fatalities in America increased by 25 percent, with an average of 16 pedestrians being killed every day in 2017.

Alabama had the most significant increase in pedestrian deaths from 2013-2017 in the U.S.

Alabama had the 7th most pedestrian deaths per capita in the U.S., with 2.44 per 100k people.

The study found that evening and nighttime were the most dangerous times for a pedestrian. Data shows the hours of 6 p.m. to midnight were the most hazardous times for pedestrians, and those fatalities have steadily increased over the last five years.

While pedestrian deaths in the daytime stayed about the same, fatalities from 9 p.m. to midnight increased by 34 percent from 2013 to 2017, with deaths from midnight to 3 a.m. rising by 30 percent during the same period.

The survey found New Mexico had the most pedestrian deaths while Massachusetts experienced the fewest.

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