In 2020, there was an increase in the number of fatalities for vulnerable roadway users. Motorcycle and bicycle fatalities did decrease by 3%, however, pedestrian fatalities increased 14%.
In only two of the motorcycle incidents did both the driver and passenger die, but they were all older drivers. All age groups were represented evenly, from age 15 to 79. Districts were represented as well with rural districts having about a third of the fatalities seen in urban districts. Of the 117 fatalities, 19 were not wearing a helmet and 18 were wearing a non-DOT helmet.
Pedestrian fatalities occurred in every month and on every type of roadway. There were 25 fatalities on the interstate, six of those in October, although the remaining were spread throughout the year. Half of the fatalities on interstates were in the St. Louis district, with the remaining in Northwest, Kansas City, Central District and Southwest District. Pedestrians ranged from a toddler to age 89, but those in their 30's, 40's and 50's represented the highest numbers of fatalities. Of the 127 fatalities, 53 were in St. Louis.
Of the eight cyclists who died on Missouri roadways, five were in the Kansas City District, one in the Southwest District and two in in the Southeast District. Seven of the eight were not wearing helmets and seven were male. Two were teenagers, five were in their 40's and 50's and one was 84. Two fatalities occurred in the months of June, July and December, with one fatality each in April and October.
The only focus area seems to be targeting pedestrians to walk safely in St. Louis and to stay in their vehicles after crashes or breakdowns on the interstate. The remaining target would be to urge cyclists in Kansas City to wear helmets and follow road user rules when biking.
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.
Kansas City District
Maintenance and Traffic Engineer