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Pedestrian Accident Statistics

2009 Pedestrian Accident Statistics (according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts)

  • In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed, and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic collisions in the U.S.
  • The number of pedestrians killed was 7 percent lower than in 2008.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 12 percent of all traffic-related deaths (3 percent) of people injured in the United States.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in auto accidents in the nation.
  • The large majority (90 percent) of pedestrian fatalities happened in crashes involving only one vehicle.
  • About 72 percent of pedestrian deaths happened in urban areas, and nearly 70 percent occurred at night.
  • Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the U.S., and nearly 20 percent of all children ages 5 to 9 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • About 48 percent of all pedestrians killed in the United States died in crashes occurring on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Nearly half (48 percent) of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths involved alcohol, either for the driver or the pedestrian.
  • According to the NHTSA, hybrid vehicles have a much higher rate of being involved in pedestrian accidents. A study conducted by the University of California Riverside found that hybrids operating at slow speeds must be 40 percent closer to pedestrians before they make enough noise to be heard.
  • In Pennsylvania in 2009, there were 134 reported pedestrian fatalities.

2008 Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • Over 180,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
  • In 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in the United States. There were 69,000 pedestrians injured.
  • Most pedestrian fatalities in 2008 occurred in urban areas (72 percent), at non-intersection locations (76 percent), in normal weather conditions (89 percent), and at night (70 percent).
  • Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 83 percent of all non-occupant fatalities in 2008.
  • More than two-thirds (70 percent) of the pedestrians killed in 2008 were male.
  • On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes.
  • In the United States on average 85 percent of total non-fatal accidents involving pedestrians take place in urban areas while 15 percent happen in rural areas.
  • Pedestrians (age 65+) accounted for 18 percent (803) of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 10 percent (7,000) of all pedestrians injured in 2008.
  • In 2008, one-fifth (20 percent) of all children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • Children age 15 and younger accounted for 7 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2008 and 22 percent of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes.
  • Nearly one-half (48 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Alcohol involvement – either for the driver or for the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
  • The number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, 4,378, decreased by 6.8 percent from 2007.
  • 69,000 pedestrians were injured in 2008 traffic accidents.

2008 Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • In Pennsylvania in 2008 there were 4,589 pedestrians involved in traffic accidents, 142 (3 percent) of which were killed.
  • 80 of the 142 pedestrian deaths (56 percent) in 2008 occurred while the pedestrian was entering a crosswalk.
  • Pedestrian-related crashes represent 3.5 percent of the total reported traffic crashes in Pennsylvania; however, they account for 10 percent of all traffic crash deaths.
  • In 2008, male pedestrian deaths accounted for 69 percent of all pedestrian deaths in Pennsylvania.
  • 18 percent of pedestrians killed in Pennsylvania traffic accidents in 2008 were 75 or older.
  • Nearly 65 percent of all Pennsylvanian pedestrian fatalities in 2008 occurred in cities.
  • Younger pedestrians (age 19 and under) accounted for 36 percent of the pedestrian injuries in Pennsylvania in 2008.

2007 Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • In 2007, pedestrians accounted for 4,654 of the 41,059 deaths from car accidents.
  • There were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2007.
  • The majority of pedestrian fatalities in 2007 occurred in urban areas (73%), at non-intersection locations (77%), in normal weather conditions (90%), and at night (67%).
  • On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes.
  • In 2007, nearly one-fifth of the children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • Almost 1/5 of the children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in traffic crashes in 2007 were pedestrians.
  • Alcohol was reportedly involved — either for the driver or the pedestrian — in 49% of all pedestrian fatalities.

2007 Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • In 2006, there were 4,887 pedestrian-involved accidents in Pennsylvania. That represents 3.6% of all crashes.
  • Of those 4,887 pedestrian accidents, 155 were fatal.
  • Pedestrians 75+ accounted for 34 of the 155 fatalities.
  • Male pedestrians accounted for 67% of all fatalities, up from 62% in 2006.
  • Younger pedestrians 19 and under account for 38% of pedestrian injuries.
  • The majority of pedestrian car accidents involving injury (63.5%) occur in the daytime, but the majority involving death (65.2%) occur at night.

2006 Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • 4,673 pedestrian-involved accidents occured in Pennsylvania in 2006, representing 3.6 percent of all crashes.
  • Of those 4,763 pedestrian accidents, 170 resulted in deaths.
  • 27 of the 170 fatalities involved pedestrians 75+.
  • 62 percent of all fatalities were male pedestrians, up from 59 percent in 2005.
  • 40 percent of pedestrian injuries involved younger pedestrians 19 and under.
  • Most of pedestrian accidents involving injury (65.1 percent) occur in the daytime, but the majority involving death (69.4 percent) occur at night.

2005 Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • There were 4,763 pedestrian-involved accidents in 2005 in Pennsylvania. That represents 3.6 percent of all crashes.
  • Of those 4,763 pedestrian car accidents, 162 were fatal. That represents 10 percent of all crash deaths.
  • 2005 saw the lowest rate of pedestrian crashes.
  • Pedestrians 75+ accounted for 28 of the 162 fatalities.
  • 59 percent of all fatalities were male pedestrians.
  • Younger pedestrians 19 and under account for 41 percent of pedestrian injuries.