Pedestrian Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise
Every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident. Every two hours, one is killed.
Pedestrians, defined as those on foot, walking, hiking, jogging and sitting, were involved in 13 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in 2010. According to statistics recently compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) almost 4,300 pedestrians died in car accidents. And this number of fatal pedestrian accidents has continued to rise the past few years, with a 4 percent increase from 2009 to 2010. (Data for 2011 hasn't been finalized yet).
A closer look at the fatal pedestrian-car accident statistics in 2010:
- 80 percent took place in non-intersections
- 68 percent happened at night
- 67 percent were male
- 90 percent occurred in clear weather
- Over 50 percent happened on the weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- 47 percent of the fatal crashes involved alcohol
California topped with the list with the most pedestrian deaths, falling just short of 600 at 599.
NHTSA administrator David Strickland noted that almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day - people walking their dogs, to and from parking lots to work or the store, and even to the end of the driveway to get the mail.
Because there are so many pedestrians and motorists on the roadways each day, it is important everyone take precautions in order to help prevent motor vehicle accidents. Pedestrians should use crosswalks and intersections where possible. Drivers and pedestrians alike should pay close attention to surroundings and be aware of where traffic is.
Source: CNN, " Pedestrian fatalities up 4 percent in 2010; non-intersection crossings most deadly," 8/7/12.