GHSA's 2022 Report on Pedestrian Deaths

Each year, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) releases a comprehensive Spotlight on Highway Safety report, usually in late spring or early summer, offering an initial glimpse into national and state-level pedestrian fatality data and trends. The latest report, divided into three sections, provides insights into pedestrian fatality projections for 2022 based on preliminary state data, an in-depth analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 2021 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), and a review of strategies to mitigate pedestrian crashes, injuries, and deaths.

The preliminary 2022 fatality data, sourced from all states (except Oklahoma) and the District of Columbia, projects a concerning 1% increase in pedestrian deaths compared to 2021. GHSA estimates that 7,508 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic crashes, continuing the upward trend observed in the United States for decades and marking the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1981.