Mortality - Pedestrian Accident

This indicator reports the crude rate of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles per 100,000 population. This indicator is relevant because pedestrian-motor vehicle crash deaths are preventable and they are a cause of premature death.
Report Area Total Population (2010) Total Pedestrian Deaths, 2011-2015 Average Annual Deaths,
Rate per 100,000 Pop.
Franklin County, PA 149,618 7 1.6
Pennsylvania 12,702,379 863 2.3
United States 312,732,537 28,832 3.1
HP 2020 Target <= 1.3
Note: This indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System. 2011-15. Source geography: County
Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Mortality - Pedestrian Accident

Data Background

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data is a census of all police-reported qualifying fatal crashes that occur within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in the file set, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a traffic way customarily open to the public, and must result in the death of a motorist or a non-motorist within 30 days of the crash. Police report data is collected by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analysts located in each state. There is no Federal mandate for crash reporting; however, on a voluntary basis most States collect a similar core set of information about fatal crashes. Incompatible data is recoded for inclusion in the FARS database.

More information is available in the NHTSA’s Crash Data Collection Programs report to congress, and online at the Fatality Analysis Reporting System website.


Crash-related data is acquired using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) FTP Site raw data files. Fatalities for pedestrians are aggregated by county for years 2011-2015 to obtain a total fatality count. Pedestrian death figures include fatalities for all persons not in motor-vehicles (including those on personal conveyances such as bicycles, scooters, or skateboards). Population data is acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 decennial census. Pedestrian mortality rates are reported based on the average annual fatalities per 100,000 population using the following formula:

Mortality Rate = [Average Annual Deaths] / [Total Population] * 100,000.
For more information, please see the complete FARS Analaytical User's Manual.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <>, November 2017