Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released findings from calendar year 2013 regarding pedestrian accidents and deaths. While this is a somber topic, I’d like to draw attention to these findings as, per the fact sheet, pedestrian deaths made up 14% of all traffic-related deaths in motor vehicle traffic accidents. In year 2013, a total of 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S., and an estimated 66,000 pedestrians were injured. The fact sheet breaks down several factors surrounding these accidents involving pedestrians, from which we can all learn more about safety as both pedestrians and those driving vehicles.
Per the NHTSA, 73% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas. 27% occurred in rural areas. The majority of fatalities occurred during dark hours than in daylight – 72% versus 25%, respectively. 2% occurred at dawn and 2% at dusk.
69% of fatalities occurred at non-intersections, 20% at intersections, and 10% occurred at other locations. The highest percentage of fatalities, 26%, occurred between the hours of 600pm – 8:59pm, and 23% occurred between the hours of 9:00pm – 11:59pm.
Per the data, 21% of children age 14 and younger who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. This is an overwhelming percentage – one-fifth – particularly at a time when there are so many technology and other distractions for both pedestrians and those behind the wheel. Five percent of pedestrian fatalities and approximately 15% (estimated) of pedestrians who were injured were children age 14 and younger. 19% of all fatalities involving pedestrians were individuals of age 65 and greater, and approximately 10% (estimated) of all pedestrians who were injured in 2013 were also in this age range.
The complete NHTSA factsheet can be found within the NHTSA website.
Drivers and pedestrians: please be alert, avoiding distractions – including tech gadgets – and pay careful attention when approaching intersections – including those which do not have a crosswalk available. Be sure to avoid alcohol consumption, as it can impair motor and decision-making skills of both those walking and behind the wheel. Pedestrians, please know traffic rules and use a cross-walk when at all possible. If a cross-walk is not available, please use a well-lit area to cross the street, waiting for any approaching traffic to pass before crossing. Always look both ways prior to crossing and continue to watch while crossing. Pause before beginning to cross, even if the “walk” signal is lit, as drivers may not yield appropriately, particularly when making right turns at a red or when a right turn arrow is present. Drivers, always yield to pedestrians and reduce your speed anytime that you are approaching a crosswalk. This list is not exhaustive of all safety precautions.
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