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Which Factors Correlate with More Pedestrian Fatalities?

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Which Factors Correlate with More Pedestrian Fatalities?Pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. increased between 2007 and 2016 and became a larger percentage of the overall number of vehicle-related fatalities, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There were 5,987 pedestrian deaths in 2016, which accounted for 16 percent of the total fatalities. The statistics do not include the number of pedestrian injuries, which may also be increasing. Studying the subcategories of pedestrian fatality statistics uncovers interesting correlations. Pedestrian fatality rates were higher, depending on when they happened and who was involved.

Time of Day and Season

Three-quarters of pedestrian fatalities occurred while it was dark, which is not surprising. Nighttime drivers deal with decreased visibility and are more likely to be impaired. Fatalities were most frequent between 6 p.m. and midnight, which is the time of night when the most people are active. The time of year seems to determine at which point during that 6 p.m. to midnight time period that fatalities are more likely to occur:

  • During the fall and winter months, more fatalities occurred between 6 and 8:59 p.m. than between 9 p.m and midnight; and
  • During the spring and summer months, more fatalities occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight than between 6 and 8:59 p.m.

These statistics make sense because of the extended daylight hours during the spring and summer. Pedestrians are also less likely to be out at night when the weather is cold.

Age and Gender

Males accounted for more than two-thirds of the pedestrian deaths in 2016. Pedestrians age 50 to 54 had the most fatalities of any age group for both genders. Pedestrian fatalities for different age groups made their largest jumps at two points:

  • Fatalities increased from 269 for ages 15 to 19 to 443 for ages 20 to 24; and
  • Fatalities increased from 426 for ages 45 to 49 to 625 for ages 50 to 54.

Pedestrians entering their 20s may have an increased fatality rate because they are more responsible for their own safety than when they were younger. The increase at age 50 may relate to how pedestrians are less capable of surviving a vehicle collision as they grow older.

Your Wellness 

If you are fortunate enough to survive a pedestrian accident, you may need extensive compensation to pay for your medical treatments and personal suffering. A McHenry County personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you file a lawsuit against the driver who was at fault for your incident. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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