Los Angeles County Pedestrian Accidents Statistics
Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable as they walk near or cross the road, and thousands of them suffer from serious injuries or death every year. Pedestrian accidents are commonly caused by driver negligence, most occur between 3 p.m. and 4p.m. and a substantial minority involve children. Even when a car or truck is driving at speeds below 10 miles per hour, injuries can be quite severe and may still result in death.
Los Angeles County in particular has a high concentration of pedestrian accidents. In just one half-mile area, 18 collisions between people and cars occurred. In 2006, there were 245 fatalities and 1565 injuries due to pedestrian accidents. Of these, 40 of the fatalities were children under the age of 20 while another 74 were elders over the age of 65. Injuries were also more common among the very young and older adults and included 458 injuries in children under the age of 20 and another 261 in adults over the age of 65.
In some cases, pedestrian accidents involve alcohol, and the driver or the pedestrian were impaired at the time of the collision. Intersections are notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, and so is speed. In fact, the faster a vehicle is going, the more likely the collision will be fatal. An accident that occurs at just 20 miles per hour has only a 5 percent chance of being fatal while those that occur at more than 40 miles per hour have an 85 percent chance of fatalities.
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