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How does Iowa rank for pedestrian deaths in the U.S.?

Have you been hurt by a speeding vehicle or a negligent driver? If you've been bumped by a car at a crosswalk or struck down by a vehicle in a parking lot, then you know that you aren't always safe from vehicles when you're following the rules of the road.

Despite efforts to reduce and eliminate the risk to pedestrians on the roads, pedestrian accidents take place all the time across the United States. Iowa is no exception to this rule and had fatalities in the double digits in 2011. Statistics released during 2014 that covered the year 2011 shows the way pedestrian accidents have grown in certain areas of the U.S. The data, which is supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows each state as different sizes of circles, visually proving the risk of pedestrians in each state.

For example, Iowa is a medium-sized dot on the chart showing all the states where people were hit by vehicles. What this means is that, according to statistics, Iowa had 25 pedestrian deaths in the state. This was not anywhere near the worst state for accidents, as California was the home of 625 pedestrian fatalities alone. The second and third worst states for pedestrian deaths were Florida and Texas with 490 and 421 deaths, respectively.

Iowa may have fewer deaths in part to having fewer people in the state compared to California and Texas, although different laws for pedestrians and drivers may also play a role. Interestingly, New Hampshire and Vermont had the fewest pedestrian accidents with five and three deaths in each state.

Source: Safer America, "Pedestrian Accident Fatality Statistics by State" accessed Jan. 15, 2015

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