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Pedestrian Death Toll Highest in 30 Years

An estimated 6,227 pedestrians lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2018, which was a 4% increase over 2017 and the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in nearly three decades.

Roadway Fatalities Remained Steady in 2018

Roadway fatalities in the U.S. dipped slightly in 2018 to approximately 40,000, representing just a 1% decrease from 2017 and 2016, when 40,231 and 40,327 people were killed in motor vehicles crashes, respectively.

Crashes No Longer Leading Cause of Accidental Death

For the first time in the U.S., the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103) have been surpassed by the chance of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose, which have risen to one in 96, according to new data from the National Safety Council.

Road Deaths Fall 19% in Maine

Traffic fatalities in Maine decreased 19% to 140 deaths in 2018 compared with 173 in 2017, which is among the lowest on record in 60 years.