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Key statistics regarding deadly pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians who are doing little more than walking the dog or going for a run face serious risks when these activities take them near busy roads. An accident involving a car has a high probability of being fatal, and all it takes is one little error on the driver’s part to put someone in the hospital.

To really understand just what the problem looks like, here are a few key statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In one study, a full 70 percent of pedestrians who passed away were men, while 30 percent were women.
  • During the week, the highest percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents can be seen from 4 p.m. until midnight.
  • On the weekend, though, things shift a bit, and the highest percentage of fatal incidents can be observed between 8 p.m., and 4 a.m.
  • City dwellers face the highest risks, as urban centers see an incredible 73 percent of pedestrian fatalities.
  • Hit-and-run incidents account for a full 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths, or one out of every five incidents.
  • Night brings an elevated risk, as the general times for accidents help illustrate, as a total of 70 percent of these wrecks happen after dark.
  • Children face high risks. When looking at all those who died in some type of motor vehicle incident between the ages of 10 and 15, a full 21 percent of them were pedestrians at the time.

As you can see, deadly pedestrian incidents are quite common. It’s important to understand the risks and also to know your legal rights when a family member is tragically killed.

Source: NHTSA, “The Problem,” accessed April 11, 2018