Resuming Pedestrian Accident Statistics: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Pedestrian? (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue highlighting some fascinating pedestrian accident statistics recently published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Pedestrian Accident Statistics: Who’s Most at Risk
- The average age of those who have died in pedestrian accidents is 46 years old.
- For nonfatal pedestrian accidents, the average age of the involved pedestrians is 36 years old.
- More than 20 percent of the children younger than 15 who were killed in motor vehicle accidents were pedestrians.
- About 9 percent of the pedestrians injured in nonfatal pedestrian accidents were children who were 10 to 14 years old.
- People who were 65 and older represented about 19 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and about 10 percent of those injured in nonfatal pedestrian accidents.
- More than 2 out of every 3 people killed in pedestrian accidents were males.
- Males are about twice as likely as females to be killed in pedestrian accidents.
- The age groups with the highest rates of pedestrian injuries are as follows (in order of highest to lowest): 20 to 24 years old; 25 to 29 years old; 10 to 14 years old; and 15 to 19 years old.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics: Additional Important Info
- About 49 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involved alcohol impairment – on the part of the motorist and/or the pedestrian.
- About 15 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involved intoxicated motorists (i.e., drivers with BACs of 0.08 or higher).
- About 34 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involved intoxicated pedestrians.
- The point of impact between pedestrians and vehicles is almost always at the front of the vehicles (rather than the rear or sides of the vehicles) – particularly when those vehicles are light trucks or passenger vehicles.
- With large trucks and buses, the point of impact in pedestrian accidents was typically at the right side or rear of the vehicles.
- About 1 in every 5 pedestrian accidents was also a hit-and-run accident.
- The top three states having the most fatal pedestrian accidents in 2013 were California (with 701 fatalities), Florida (with 201 fatalities) and Texas (with 480 fatalities).
- The District of Columbia has the highest ratio of fatal pedestrian accidents to overall traffic accidents, with fatal pedestrian accidents comprising about 45 percent of the total traffic accident deaths in 2013.
- The top three cities in the U.S. in terms of fatal pedestrian accidents in 2013 included New York City (with 178 fatalities), Los Angeles (with 227 fatalities) and Chicago (with 131 fatalities).
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