Pedestrian Fatality/Injury Statistics

In a 2009 report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a number of gloomy, yet educational, statistics on pedestrian deaths and injuries in the US. Here’s some of the info I found most interesting. All data comes from the NHTSA.

2009 Traffic Fatalities

You can see from this data that pedestrians constituted a pretty high percentage of the people killed in traffic crashes in 2009. It’s hard to know if pedestrian deaths are disproportionately high, though, because we don’t have good data about what percentage of trips are taken on foot.

2009 Traffic Injuries


This chart shows traffic injuries from crashes in 2009. The chart shows significantly lower number of pedestrians injured compared to the number killed. This almost sounds like good news, until you realize this discrepancy probably means that pedestrians are more likely to be killed than injured in traffic crashes. 

2009 Pedestrian Fatalities by Age

Here you can see how younger pedestrians, and to some extent older pedestrians, are disproportionately represented in pedestrian deaths in traffic crashes. This is especially true for children under nine.

Cause of Crashes with Pedestrian Fatalities


In case you were wondering what causes all those pedestrian fatalities, teh above chart shows  the various “related factors” to pedestrian deaths in traffic crashes. Interestingly, despite all of the warnings we hear about walking and talking on cell phones, portable electronic devices account for only 0.3 percent of pedestrian deaths.

On a final statistical note: it should come as no surprise that the vast majority of pedestrian fatalities occur between the hours of 6 pm and midnight (when people are out walking around in the dark). But, nearly as dangerous are the hours of 6 to 9 am and 3 to 6 pm–on weekdays that is. On weekends, deaths during all daylight hours are relatively low. So what happens during those weekday hours that lead to so many pedestrian deaths? School. Yup, those are precisely the hours that kids are walking to school.

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