The Most Dangerous St. Louis Roads for Pedestrians
Pedestrians are increasingly at risk of being injured or killed while walking near traffic. Over the last decade, deaths of pedestrians struck by cars rose 45% nationwide. Currently, St. Louis ranks 45 out of 100 metro areas studied for the Pedestrian Danger Index.
Since 2010, St. Louis has seen 429 pedestrian deaths. There were 22 deaths of pedestrians in St. Louis in 2020. If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident in St. Louis, our legal team at Cofman Townsley can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand the seriousness of pedestrian accidents, and we work hard to help our clients receive what they are owed.
Pedestrians are more likely to be involved in accidents on or near roads having four or more lanes of traffic. Fatal accidents are also less likely to occur when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less.
There are several hotspot areas in St. Louis where pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur.
North Grand Blvd runs through the heart of St. Louis. The road cuts through St. Louis University and the theater and restaurant district north of campus. The area is busy all day and night with pedestrian traffic and cars.
Several interstates have exchanges onto N Grand Blvd. The exchanges haven’t been updated in decades, and there are a few intersections that are more dangerous than others:
- North Grand Boulevard and Montgomery Street: The intersection of North Grand Boulevard and Montgomery Street is Missouri’s most dangerous intersection. It’s also one of the most dangerous intersections in the country. This intersection has seen 6 fatal accidents during a 10-year span.
- North Grand Boulevard and Interstate 64: I-64 exits onto Grand Blvd in the midtown area next to St. Louis University. Its main campus is north of the exit, and the university’s medical campus and facility lie just south of the exit.
St. Louis’ major art district lies directly north of the university, right off of N Grand Blvd, where theaters, restaurants, and bars are popular.
The increased traffic from SLU’s campuses and nightlife means this area is always busy, but the exits from I-64 to N Grand Blvd haven’t been redesigned in decades. The northbound exit from I-64 to Grand Blvd is especially dangerous. The exit ramp has a sharp curve, surprising many drivers who are traveling too quickly.
I-70 at Grand Ave
I-70 is the area’s busiest interstate, connecting the city of St. Louis to the St. Louis international airport. The I-70 and Grand Ave intersection is in College Hill, about one mile from the Mississippi River.
While the exit ramps are repaved, Grand Ave needs serious repairs to make the intersection safe. Lanes aren’t properly marked, and there’s no guidance for drivers exiting or entering the interstate.
There are no markings for pedestrian crosswalks or for where cars should stop at the traffic lights. A lack of direction for both drivers and pedestrians increases the accident rate here.
Located North of Forest Park, officials are working to reduce the lanes of Lindell Blvd from four to two. They’re also planning to add bike lanes and parking along the park to create safer roads and intersections.
By reducing the number of lanes and adding more parking, they hope to cut down on the number of pedestrians crossing in high traffic. Officials also hope the lane reduction slows down drivers. Some neighborhood residents are suing the city to move the project along faster.
Natural Bridge Avenue is an area where St. Louis drivers tend to speed, frequently endangering pedestrians and leading to four fatal wrecks in 2019. According to St. Louis police, Natural Bridge saw almost 1,800 crashes between 2012 and 2017.
Changes are currently underway to make the area safer, with the department of transportation seeking to implement crosswalks, medians, and improved stripping.
Jefferson Ave at I-44
I-44 is a main east-west thoroughfare in St. Louis, and there are seven interchanges at the intersection of Jefferson Ave and I-44.
Two other roads split Jefferson Ave at this intersection, leading to confusion and wrong turns. This poorly designed intersection causes numerous car accidents, and drivers have trouble recognizing right-of-way and turn lanes. From 2010-2015 there were 74 accidents with 39 injuries here.
To ensure your safety, avoid walking in these dangerous areas. Find alternative routes wherever possible, use public transportation or ask a friend for a ride instead of walking.
Biggest Risk Factors
Even if you avoid dangerous intersections and follow pedestrian safety guidelines, additional factors increase your risk of being struck by a moving vehicle.
- Age: In 2017, those aged 65+ accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths in the U.S. Seniors may suffer from slower reaction times, making them unable to move out of the path of a car quickly enough to escape injury.
- Children: Youth under 13 are at higher risk of injury or death from a pedestrian accident. In 2019 there were 138 fatal car accidents involving children under 13. Of these deaths, 16% of the children were pedestrians.
- Alcohol Involvement: Alcohol impairment of drivers or pedestrians is involved in 47% of all pedestrian deaths. The consumption of alcohol impairs your judgment and abilities, lowering your inhibitions and increasing reaction time.
Pedestrian fatalities in 2019 were the highest in over 30 years. Keep yourself safe by avoiding the most dangerous intersections when walking. Be aware of traffic when traveling on foot and learn pedestrian safety techniques.
If you find yourself injured in a pedestrian accident in St. Louis, contact a car accident lawyer at our law firm for a free case review.