How Often Do Pedestrian Accidents
Worldwide, more than 270,000 pedestrian fatalities happen each year. Unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities have been going up in the United States. Since 2009, there has been a 53% increase
in pedestrian deaths.
In their February 2020 news release, the Governor's Highway Safety Association reported that 6,590 pedestrians were killed on US roads in 2019, the highest number in 30 years!
What are the reasons behind this alarming increase? Three things primarily account for it, and some of them might surprise you: 1) smartphone use, 2) the rising popularity of SUVs and pickup trucks, and 3) the increase of electric and hybrid cars.
Five states account for almost 50% of pedestrian fatalities in the US.
- Both drivers and pedestrians are often distracted by smartphones.
- There are more SUVs and trucks on the road, and because of their larger front surface area and weight, they are twice as likely to cause a fatality as a car, since the pedestrian cannot tumble over the vehicle as easily, or will be more easily injured if rolled over.
- Since electric and hybrid cars are so quiet, they are 40 percent more likely to strike pedestrians, who avoid cars with their ears as well as their eyes.
Unfortunately, Georgia is one of those five states. On the positive side though, pedestrian fatalities decreased since the Georgia Hands-Free Law regarding smartphones went into effect on July 1, 2018.What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
- Three quarters of pedestrian accidents happen at night, mostly away from intersections and on local roads. The message from this could not be clearer: if you go out walking or jogging at night, wear bright clothing, preferably with reflective material sewn on.
- 59 percent of pedestrian fatalities happen on non-freeway arterial roads – the busy local roads that carry the most traffic. It is best not to walk or run on these if it can be helped.
- 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities happen on the weekend.
- Nearly half of all pedestrian accidents involve alcohol consumption on the part of the pedestrian or the driver.
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable when struck by a vehicle, since the kinetic energy of a moving vehicle is so great, and unlike a vehicle driver, a pedestrian is not protected by the bumpers, metal frame, cushioned interior, seatbelts and airbags of a car. For this reason, drivers ought to constantly be on the lookout for pedestrians.