September 29, 2022 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan Pedestrian Accident Statistics 2021: Here's What To Know

In Michigan, the pedestrian accident statistics for 2021 show that pedestrian deaths were the highest in 10 years. Also, October is the most dangerous month for pedestrians and 6pm-7pm is the most dangerous time of day for a pedestrian to be hit by a car. A pedestrian who does not cross at an intersection continues to be a big factor in many fatal pedestrian-involved crashes.

Michigan Pedestrian accident statistics show 2021 had highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 10 years

In Michigan, the pedestrian car statistics for 2021 show that car accidents took the lives of 183 pedestrians. Tragically, 2021 had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 10 years. It was a 22.8% jump from 2019, a 15.8% increase from 2017, and 37.5% spike from 2012.

Pedestrians killed in car accidents in Michigan from 2012-2021:

  • 2021: 183
  • 2020: 175
  • 2019: 149
  • 2018: 145
  • 2017: 158
  • 2016: 165
  • 2015: 170
  • 2014: 148
  • 2013: 149
  • 2012: 133

Statistics show October is most dangerous month

October continues to be the most dangerous month for pedestrians in Michigan. In 2021, October accounted for 13.2% of all pedestrian-involved auto accidents for the year. Except for 2020, October has consistently been the most dangerous month for pedestrians in Michigan from 2013 to 2021.

Why is October so dangerous for people walking?

There are several factors that likely explain why the Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics show October 2021 (and every year prior) being the most dangerous for people traveling by foot:

  • The days are getting shorter and it starts to get dark earlier.
  • More people are out and about at dusk as they take advantage of the last few weeks of nicer Michigan weather.
  • Halloween and many fall events, from college football Saturdays to the many fall festival events lead to more people on the streets. Many of these fall activities also tend to have higher alcohol consumption and thus more impaired drivers behind the wheel and bad judgment among walkers on streets.
  • Ongoing distractions for both drivers and walkers are compounded by the shorter days and limited daylight, further impairing their ability to safely drive and/or walk along or cross streets.

Statistics for crashes involving pedestrians in 2021

In 2021, there were 1,790 pedestrian-involved car accidents in Michigan, down 21% from 2,260 in 2019. That’s also a 21.6% decline from 2,285 from five years ago in 2017 and 21.5% drop from 2,281 from ten years ago in 2012.

Michigan pedestrian accident statistics for pedestrians involved in car crashes in 2021

In Michigan, the pedestrian accidents statistics for 2021 reveal there were 1,891 pedestrians involved in automobile crashes. That is a 21.3% drop from 2,403 in 2019. It is also 21.5% lower than 2,411 five years ago in 2017 and 21.1% lower than 2,397 ten years ago in 2012.

Michigan pedestrian accident statistics for pedestrians injured in 2021

There were 1,453 pedestrians injured in Michigan auto accidents in 2021, down 23.9% from 1,910 in 2019. Similarly, pedestrian injuries in Michigan in 2021 were 25.2% lower than 1,945 in 2017 and 25.9% lower than 1,962 in 2012.

Statistics show “crossing not at an intersection” is still most deadly for pedestrians

Every year for the last ten years, 2012-2021, “crossing not at an intersection” has been the most deadly thing that pedestrians do before a fatal pedestrian-car accident. It has accounted for 24.1% (2018) to 40.6% (2016) of all pedestrian fatalities in a given year.

Statistics for most dangerous time of day in 2021

For the last five years, from 2017-2021, the hour between 6:00pm-6:59pm has been the time of day with the most pedestrian-involved car crashes in Michigan.

Statistics show deadliest day for pedestrians in 2021

In Michigan, the pedestrian car accident statistics for 2021 show that Sunday was the deadliest day for pedestrians, accounting for 30 or 16.4% of all pedestrian deaths for the year. This was the first time in the 10 years between 2012-2021 that Sunday was the most deadly for pedestrians. It was Friday for 6 other years and Saturday for 3.

Were you hit by a motor vehicle while walking? Michigan Auto Law can help

If you or a loved one were hit by a car as a pedestrian, either while walking across a street or a sidewalk, you can call us toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers. We will answer your questions about your legal rights to pain and suffering compensation, economic damages, auto No-Fault insurance PIP benefits, and settlements in cases like yours. There is absolutely no cost or obligation. You can also get help from an experienced injury attorney by visiting our contact page or chat feature on our website.

(Source: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, Fact Sheets, Pedestrians, 2012-2021)

Michigan Pedestrian Accident Statistics 2021: Here\'s What To Know

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