Road Deaths

Two cars crashed head-on into each other on wet asphalt road.

The Geography of Fatal Car Crashes

Where do the most traffic deaths happen?

March 11, 2024 - Arizona's Family

Two-lane highway with solid yellow center line and one car driving away against backdrop of red rock formations in Nevada.

Traffic Deaths Rise Sharply on Western Roads

The region is seeing higher rates of road deaths in part due to larger vehicles, high speed limits, and inadequate pedestrian infrastructure.

March 5, 2024 - High Country News

55 miles per hour speed limit sign.

A Long-Lost Federal Speed Limit Rule Would Save Thousands of Lives

After the federal government set maximum highway speed limits at 55 miles per hour, states spent decades undermining the rule.

February 1, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Rural road at night.

Bringing Complete Streets to Rural Communities

With nearly half of U.S. road deaths occurring on rural roads, the Complete Streets approach offers a safer way forward, but few towns are taking it on.

January 22, 2024 - Smart Growth America

Aerial view of Denver, Colorado skyline at golden hour.

Denver Road Fatalities at Record High in 2023

The city says it is accelerating its Vision Zero initiative to improve road safety for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

January 18, 2024 - The Denver Gazette

View of wide street in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Federal Rural Road Safety Funding Falls Short of Requests

Despite high rates of traffic deaths, rural communities lack the resources to address road safety issues.

January 10, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

Bird's eye view of rainbow-colored crosswalk in the Castro district in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco Fails to Achieve Vision Zero Pledge

The city wanted to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. It didn’t.

December 24, 2023 - The San Francisco Standard

Intersection with stoplights at night with one pedestrian waiting to cross.

Three-Quarters of U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Happen at Night

Unlike in comparable countries, U.S. pedestrians are most likely to die in traffic crashes during nighttime hours.

December 11, 2023 - The New York Times

Close-up of car speedometer showing 120 mph speed with digitally displayed ' VEHICLE OVERSPEED' warning

How Speed Governors Could Save Lives

Most personal vehicles can travel at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, far above any U.S. speed limit. Why?

November 22, 2023 - Fast Company

Marked bike lane on wide asphalt street with palm trees and Los Angeles mountains in background.

How Sun Belt Cities are Improving Road Safety

Often car-centric, these cities in the South and West are working to make their roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.

November 2, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Sepia-toned photo of man riding bicycle on urban street with yellow cab and historic brick buildings in background.

NYC Bike Deaths Spike in 2023

Cyclist deaths on New York roads are on track to hit the highest number since 1999.

October 19, 2023 - WINS

Car crash scene with overturned car, emergency vehicles, and firefighter standing at left.

NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Decline for Fifth Straight Quarter

Traffic deaths were 3.3 percent lower in the first half of 2023 than the same period last year, but not all states saw the same results.

October 2, 2023 - ABC News

Traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue with U.S. Capitol dome in background

D.C. Road Safety Campaign Will Target Drivers With Dangerous Records

A pilot program will send letters and text messages directly to drivers with histories of speeding and reckless driving warning them of the increased risk for themselves and others.

June 27, 2023 - DCist

Close-up of the feet of pedestrians in a crosswalk

2022 Deadliest Year for Pedestrians in Four Decades

Pedestrian deaths reached a four-decade high last year, signaling the failure of Vision Zero policies in most U.S. cities.

June 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

CLose-up of pedestrian call button on pole at intersection

Experts: Vision Zero Requires Far-Reaching Investment, Culture Shift

Road safety advocates say the 2021 infrastructure bill doesn’t fully commit to its stated goals to help cities eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

June 14, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Two-lane asphalt road in Washington state with pine trees along sides and Mt. Rainier in background

Washington Road Safety Bills Fail to Advance

Several bills aimed at reducing traffic deaths fell by the wayside in the state legislature, despite the growing rate of road fatalities.

May 4, 2023 - The Urbanist

Blurry speeding cars on an urban road

U.S. Road Deaths Keep Rising

Traffic safety advocates urge cities and states to lower speed limits and improve pedestrian infrastructure to stem the growth in traffic deaths and injuries.

April 27, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Pedestrians and cyclists in busy city crosswalk with blurred motion

Report: Pedestrian Deaths Rose Again in Early 2022

New data shows continued growth in pedestrian road deaths in most U.S. states.

March 1, 2023 - Governors Highway Safety Association

Traffic on freeway in Houston, Texas with downtown buildings in background

Houston Traffic Deaths Dipped in 2022

Fatal crashes killed slightly fewer people in 2022 than in 2021, but deaths are still significantly higher than in 2019.

January 23, 2023 - Axios

Highway sign with "Stop the strak of TX traffic fatalities" against blue sky

Texas Road Safety Messaging Blames Pedestrians, Ignores Structural Flaws

Critics of the state’s ‘Be Safe. Drive Smart.’ campaign say the messaging puts the onus on pedestrians and cyclists while failing to address the lack of robust pedestrian and bike infrastructure in many of its cities.

December 4, 2022 - Next City

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