Older pedestrians killed more often than younger ones in Connecticut

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Connecticut’s oldest pedestrians are killed by vehicles at a disproportionately high rate compared with younger people.

Of 879 pedestrian fatalities between 1994 and 2014, 169 (19.3 percent) were 75 or older, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. According to 2014 Census Bureau estimates, 7 percent of the Connecticut population was age 75 or older.

It might not be the case that elderly people are struck by cars at this disproportionately high rate. It turns out, perhaps intuitively, that older people are more likely than younger people to be killed in crashes at a wide range of speeds, ProPublica reports. (The report also shows that at very low speeds and very high speeds, age plays less of a role in risk.)

Connecticut’s total rate of pedestrian fatalities is in the middle of the pack among the states and Washington, D.C.

In 2014, Connecticut had the 24th-highest rate of pedestrian deaths, 1.31 per 100,000 residents, according to a Traffic Safety Facts 2014, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The rate of pedestrian fatalities ranged from 0.29 per 100,000 in Minnesota to 3.55 in New Mexico. The national rate was 1.53.

We encourage readers to check our work and expand upon it. The data for this analysis is available in our GitHub repository.

What do you think?

  • Joseph Brzezinski

    You may get a better feeling for the trend of pedestrian death by using an age adjusted aggregate death rate for each year. Demographics have 2 ways to make such a calculation.