Every day, 10 pedestrians are killed because of pedestrian car accidents. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk.
Pedestrian accidents are a leading cause of accident fatalities, causing more than 4,000 deaths and another 70,000 serious injuries in the U.S. every year. Around 13 percent of fatalities and injuries from road accidents are caused by pedestrians, according to annual crash statistics from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The actual figures could be even more alarming because the statistics from NHTSA do not include accidents that take place in driveways or parking lots inside private buildings.
Three out of every four pedestrian accidents occur in cities or urban areas, according to NHTSA statistics. Drivers in city and urban areas are more likely to be distracted by other drivers, passengers, and travelers on the roads. While we cannot do anything to alter fast city life, we can take some precautions to prevent such accidents or reduce the extent of damages caused by these accidents.
At Risk – Male Victims
Men are more likely than women to be involved in pedestrian accidents. Statistics show that 7 out of 10 pedestrian accident victims are males.
At Risk – The Elderly
Elderly people are susceptible to be involved in pedestrian accidents. 1 out of 5 pedestrian fatalities and 11 out of 100 pedestrian injuries involve elderly people age 65 years or older.
At Risk – Children
Children are more likely than adults to be involved in pedestrian accidents. Children in the age group between 5 and 9 years old account for around 20 percent of pedestrian accident fatalities. (Learn more about back to school safety and pedestrian accidents.) This is because drivers often fail to notice small children on the road. For example, serious accidents happen when a driver fails to notice a small child behind the vehicle when backing out of a parking lot.
Walking Under the Influence
Walking under the influence of alcohol accounts for many pedestrian accidents. A lot has been said about driving under the influence of alcohol. But many people are not aware that pedestrians under the influence of alcohol cause a large percent of pedestrian accidents. Drunk driving and drunk walking together account for around 47 percent of all pedestrian accidents. Many of these accidents occur during the night, for instance, when someone chooses to walk while returning from a bar.