According to a new study, Alabama is the second most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. The 2019 “Dangerous by Design” report compiled figures from the last ten years to reach its conclusions. During that time Alabama recorded 841 pedestrian deaths. While there are 11 more states with higher fatality totals, the state’s “pedestrian danger index” which takes into account population, is the second highest.
Birmingham is the most dangerous location in Alabama with 179 fatal accidents involving pedestrians from 2008 to 2017.
Overall, drivers struck and killed 49, 340 people in the U-S during that time. That’s an increase of 35 percent. Researchers of the study say streets that are designed for vehicles and not pedestrians are a major factor for the increase.