Last year, 173 people were killed and 14,930 people injured in traffic crashes in St. Louis City and County — including cyclists and pedestrians. These and other key findings are part of Trailnet’s 2022 St. Louis City and County Crash Report, which is based on data from the Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System.
In the City of St. Louis in 2022, the total number of people killed while walking and biking remained unchanged from 2021, with 20 people losing their lives after being struck by a person driving. However, the total number of people killed on St. Louis City streets was the second highest on record (data records only go back to 2002), with a total of 78 people losing their lives due to traffic violence.
In the County, total crashes involving people walking and biking increased from 2021 to 2022, while pedestrian and vehicle fatalities decreased. However, pedestrian and vehicle fatalities remained high when compared to historic crash numbers, with 2022 being the second highest year for vehicle fatalities and the third highest for pedestrian fatalities on record.
“This data reinforces the already clear link between poorly designed roads, high speeds, and deadly conditions for people outside of cars,” said Sam McCrory, Trailnet’s community planner and the primary author of the report. “Last year, City leaders finally committed to long-term solutions, but we also need immediate responses across the region. We cannot continue waiting around for change while people die on our streets.”
“We’re focused first and foremost on the needs and safety of people walking, biking, and using transit, but these crashes can affect everyone and ripple through our community,” said Cindy Mense, Trailnet’s CEO. “The human toll of these crashes is immeasurable.”
In addition to reporting crash data, this year’s report features a new section for fatal crash reviews. These reviews analyze the context and roadway conditions of specific sites from five crashes in 2022. Each analysis is followed by a series of recommendations to prevent future deaths, including reducing dangerous driver behavior through street design and reimagining our most car-centric corridors.
The last three editions of Trailnet’s St. Louis City and County Crash Report can be found at trailnet.org/crash-reports/.