Understanding Pedestrian Crashes

Understanding Pedestrian Crashes

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The 2010 Louisville Pedestrian Master Plan has two primary goals: (1) to improve and expand current pedestrian deficiencies – by preparing a capital improvement process that enables Louisville to increase that pedestrian facility network through retrofitting and expanding current deficient sidewalk and pedestrian crossing locations between 2010 and 2030, and (2) to simultaneously reduce the rate of pedestrian crashes between 2010 and 2030. The findings in this report should be used to inform and influence the design of new pedestrian facilities, the redesign of existing roadways, the development of education programs and enforcement campaigns for pedestrians and motorists.


Overall traffic crashes; 2006 – 2010:

  • 2009 was the safest year on record in Louisville since 1993 with just 57 fatalities.
  • Traffic fatalities in 2005 were the highest since 1994 at 102.
  • Compared to peer cities with comparable populations, Louisville’s traffic fatality rate is only less than Oklahoma City’s in 2010.
  • 40% of arterial roadway fatalities occurred when vehicles were speeding.
  • 64% of fatalities occurred on roads with 35 mph limits.
  • Traffic crashes cost Louisville’s economy $462.6 million annually.

Crashes involving pedestrians; 2006 – 2010:

  • Louisville recorded an average of 16 pedestrian fatalities a year over the 5-year period.
  • The Kentucky State Police database reports 2,018 crashes involving pedestrians over the 5-year period.
  • Left turning pedestrian crashes outnumbered right turning crashes 2.5 to 1.
  • 40% of pedestrian crashes and 75% of pedestrian fatalities took place outside of daylight conditions.
  • Serious pedestrian crashes involving unsafe speeds are twice as deadly as other such crashes.