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What are some pedestrian accident statistics for Iowa?

Iowa may not seem to be one of the most populated states, but that doesn't mean it doesn't suffer many car or pedestrian accidents each year. In fact, Iowa has research from the year 2010 that can show how serious traffic accidents can be for the pedestrians involved. In 2010, for example, there were 348 fatal car crashes with 18 pedestrians who were fatally wounded.

Of the fatal car crashes reported, 26 were with non-motorists. Non-motorists include people such as bicyclists, pedestrians, joggers and others. These people have a right to the roadway for traveling purposes, so it's upsetting to read that so many were killed in 2010.

For instance, when you look at the statistics, although 18 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, that's not the entire picture of what happened in Iowa that year. On top of those pedestrians, there were also 8 people riding bicycles who were killed in accidents, raising up the total to 26 pedestrians who were killed while using the roadways.

Iowa's pedestrian fatality rate has been shown to be .59 per 100,000 people, making it relatively unlikely for pedestrians to be hit near or on the roadways. That number does include the bicyclists as well.

The most dangerous roadways in the state are also listed, which may help pedestrians stay safe by avoiding them when possible. The most dangerous areas tended to be the urban interstate with 362 fatal crashes, followed by local roadways, which had 87 of the fatal crashes. By avoiding interstates, pedestrians can dramatically reduce the likelihood of being injured by a car accident.

Source: FindTheData, "Iowa Traffic Deaths," accessed April. 16, 2015

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