Number of Vulnerable Roadway User Fatalities -1c

The ultimate goal is zero fatalities.

In 2019 there was an increase in the number of vulnerable roadway users compared to 2018.  Motorcycle fatalities increased 13%, pedestrian fatalities also increased 13%.  Bicycle fatalities more than quadrupled in 2019 from 2018 and were one and a half times more than 2015-2017.

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Chris Redline
Chris Redline
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District Engineer
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Northwest District
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Tonya Lohman
Tonya Lohman
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Maintenance and Traffic Engineer
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Northwest District
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Write Up:

In 2019 there was an increase in the number of vulnerable roadway users compared to 2018.  Motorcycle fatalities increased 13%, pedestrian fatalities also increased 13%.  Bicycle fatalities more than quadrupled in 2019 from 2018 and were one and a half times more than 2015-2017.

Reviewing the fatalities for vulnerable users in 2019, five incidents involved drivers not following the rules of the road (failing to yield, speeding, using the wrong lane) and five where the cyclist didn't follow the rules of the road.  In addition, two fatalities involved alcohol, one by the vehicle driver and one by the cyclist.  The others were a suspected suicide and equipment malfunction.  Developing strategies to focus on rules of the road for vehicle drivers and cyclists seems prudent.

The locations of the fatalities also provide focus areas:  the Kansas City area had four fatalities, St. Louis had three and two were in the Springfield area.  The worst months for fatalities were in June, July and August - each of which saw three fatalities.  With higher fatalities during the summer months, releasing campaigns during those months is crucial.

Purpose:

The vulnerable roadway user measure tracks annual trends in fatalities of motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. These roadway users are at risk for death  when involved in a motor-vehicle-related crash.

Measurement and Data Collection:

Missouri law enforcement agencies submit a vehicle accident report form to the Missouri State Highway Patrol to be entered into a statewide traffic crash database. The database automatically updates MoDOT’s crash database system, which is part of the Transportation Management System.