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Pedestrian Accidents

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Every day, innocent pedestrians are injured and killed in automobile accidents. Whether walking, running, sitting, or lying down, people going about their daily lives on foot are involved in terrible accidents involving motor vehicles every few minutes in the United States.

Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities has remained somewhat consistent throughout the past decade. However, in 2014, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians — a four percent increase from 2005.


In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. An additional estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. The following pedestrian accident statistics for 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
  • Alcohol impairment was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes.
  • Eighteen percent of pedestrian fatalities involved a hit-and-run driver.
  • Pedestrians were killed more often in the dark (72 percent) than in daylight (24 percent).
  • Nineteen percent of children 14 and younger who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • California lead the nation in pedestrian fatalities (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).


Severe and fatal injuries can occur when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. Even at low vehicle speeds, life-altering damage can be done to pedestrians. Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head/brain injuries
  • Death

Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. Common causes of pedestrian-related crashes include:

  • Distracted drivers
    • There were 520 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2014.
  • Poor visibility
    • In 2014, 72 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark
  • Drunk driving
    • An estimated 14 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a drunk driver in 2014.
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
    • Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations.
  • Poor roadway design
    • Streets without sidewalks or crosswalks and other dangerous road conditions can increase the risk for a pedestrian accident.

There are ways to decrease the risk of a pedestrian-car collision if you follow these tips provided by the NHTSA:

  • When available, walk on a sidewalk or path.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder facing traffic.
  • Avoid using electronic devices, such as cellphones and MP3 players, that take your eyes off the road.
  • Wear bright clothing and reflective materials at night, but never assume a driver sees you.
  • Be predictable for drivers and cross streets at crosswalks and intersections.


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