Safety Facts for Pedestrians
Nearly 70,000 people were injured and more than 4,000 were killed in 2011 as a result of pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian is injured every eight minutes, and one is killed every two hours. Pedestrians are at a dramatically increased risk of suffering injury or death in a traffic incident. Walkers, joggers, hikers and others who are on foot instead of in vehicles are classified as pedestrians.
- Pedestrians make up 14 percent of those who are killed in traffic collisions, and 3 percent of people injured in crashes are pedestrians.
- Urban pedestrians are much more likely to die in a collision than rural pedestrians: Nearly 75 percent of fatalities were located in urban areas.
- Intersections are safer. More than two-thirds of fatal pedestrian-related collisions occur away from intersections.
- Roads get more dangerous during nice weather. Almost 90 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur on clear or cloudy-but-dry days.
- Nighttime is the most dangerous time of day. Nearly three-quarters of pedestrian fatalities occur at night.
- Walking while intoxicated is risky. More than a third of pedestrians who were in collisions were above the legal limit at the time of the accident.
Safe Walking Habits
- Walk on the sidewalk and cross at crosswalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk as far from moving vehicles as possible, and walk facing them. If there are no crosswalks, cross at marked intersections, and look left, right and left again before and as you cross.
- Wear bright colored or reflective clothing.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.