Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Provide the Numbers
America’s streets and highways are dangerous for pedestrians. In the first half of 2015, the last period for which statistics are available, 2,368 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles. In other words, an average of 13.15 people were killed every day for six months. Many more thousand pedestrians were injured in the same period. Currently, the national average pedestrian fatality rate is 1.53 per 100,000 people.
Here are some facts and statistics on pedestrian accidents that pedestrian accident lawyers may tell you:
Pedestrian Accident Statistics:
Here are some pedestrian accidents statistics for 2014, the last year for which complete statistics are available.
- A total of 4,884 pedestrians were killed, which is 15% of all the people killed in the year in all types of traffic accidents (32,675).
- 65,000 pedestrians were injured by motor vehicles (not including those who died).
- 78% of all pedestrian accidents occurred in urban areas compared to 22% in rural areas.
- 71% of all pedestrian accidents occurred at non-intersections, 19% occurred at intersections and 10% in other areas such as parking zones and sidewalks.
- 72% of all pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark, 24% in daylight, 2% at dawn and 2% at dusk.
- The average age of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents was 47. There has been no increase in the last years.
- The average age of pedestrians injured in traffic accidents was 37. There has been a slight increase in the last ten years (from 32 to 37).
- 19% of all children of aged 14 and younger killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
- Of all the pedestrian injured in traffic accidents, 5% were children aged between 5 and 9 years and 5% were children aged between 10 and 14 years.
- 20% of all pedestrians killed in traffic accidents were aged between 60 and 64 years.
- 20% of all pedestrians killed in traffic accidents and 11% of those injured were 65 years or older.
- 70% of all pedestrians killed in traffic accidents were men.
- The male pedestrian fatality rate was 2.17 per 100,000 men while the female pedestrian injury rate was only 0.91 per 100,000 women.
- The male pedestrian injury rate was 22 per 100,000 men while the female pedestrian injury rate was only 19 per 100,000 women.
- The total fatality rate for pedestrians of 65 years or older was 2.12 per 100,000 people.
- The age groups most at risk of pedestrian accidents were 15-19, 20-24, 25-19 and 55-59.
- Alcohol (consumed by both drivers and pedestrians) accounted for 48% of all pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents.
- 90% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in traffic accidents involving single vehicles while 10% in multivehicle crashes.
- Pedestrians who were killed were mostly struck by the front of the vehicle.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:
A majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by the following factors:
- Distracted driving: Using mobile phone (texting) and electronic gadgets, talking to passengers, and doing other activities that take the driver’s attention away from the road.
- Alcohol and substance abuse: Driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and drugs is a major cause of traffic accidents.
- Speeding: Driving over the speed limit is another cause of pedestrian accidents.
- Failure to respect pedestrian’s right-of-way: Failure by motor vehicle drivers to respect pedestrians’ right-of-way when they are crossing an intersection. A majority of pedestrians who are killed in traffic accidents are mowed down at the intersections.
- Failure to signal before turning: Failure by motor vehicle drivers to signal when turning is also a major cause of pedestrian accidents. When drivers fail to give signals, pedestrians crossing the road have no warning and could walk right into the vehicle’s path.
Common Type of Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents:
The most common injuries in pedestrian accidents have been found to be:
- Spinal cord injury, which can lead to paralysis and death
- Brain injury, which can lead to paralysis and death
- Internal organ injuries, which can lead to death
- Torn and sprained ligaments, which are usually non-fatal
- Fractures of the legs, arms, hips, ribs and pelvis, which are usually non-fatal
- Scalp lacerations, contusions, and abrasions, which are usually non-fatal
- Contusions, abrasions, and lacerations of the face and hands, which are usually non-fatal
Contact Wilshire Law Firm
The statistics are alarming. If you or any of your loved one has been injured in a traffic accident while walking, contact reputed pedestrian accident lawyers to find out how you can file a claim.