The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new data showing pedestrian accidents most often occur at non-intersection crossings. The reports also show pedestrian accident deaths are on the rise.
In the report, released in August of this year, fatality numbers were up by four percent in 2010, compared with 2009. Overall, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2010. On an average, the agency says that a pedestrian was killed in the U.S. every 113 minutes as a result of a vehicle accident. Every eight minutes, an accident resulted in injuries to pedestrians.
Seventy-three percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban settings, and 79 percent occurred in non-intersection crossings, and it’s no surprise that most pedestrian accident fatalities occurred at night; approximately 68 percent in 2010. Senior citizens are more often the victim of a pedestrian traffic fatality than any other age group. In 2010, the number of senior death was 2.04 per 100,000 people; 19% of all pedestrian fatalities. Senior citizens also accounted for approximately 11% of all pedestrian injuries.
Motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians not just at intersections, but also non-intersection crossings.
Whether walking or driving….
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