Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the CDC, in 2010, 4,280
pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another
70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian
death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.
1 Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to
be killed in a car crash on each trip

Who is most at risk?


Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for
19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 11% of all pedestrians injured in


In 2010, nearly one in every five children
between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a


and pedestrians who are alcohol-impaired
Alcohol-impairment—either for the driver or
for the pedestrian—was reported in 47% of the traffic crashes that resulted in
pedestrian death. Of the pedestrians involved, 33% had a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) of greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).


higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck
by a car and the severity of injury.
3  Most pedestrian
deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night.


  1. Department of Transportation (US),
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety
    Facts 2010: Pedestrians. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2012 [cited 2013 April
    11]. Available from URL: Adobe PDF file
    External Web Site Icon.

  2. Beck LF, Dellinger AM, O’Neil ME.
    Motor vehicle crash injury rates by mode of travel, United States: Using
    exposure-based methods to quantify differences. American Journal of Epidemiology

  3. Rosen E, Sander U.
    Pedestrian fatality risk as a function of car impact speed. Acc Anal Prev

Car Accidents, pedestrian accidents, Personal Injury, wrongful death

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