Pedestrian Safety Frequently Asked Questions
- Are pedestrian deaths and injuries a big problem?
Annually, pedestrian deaths account for a large percentage of all motor vehicle-related fatalities in the U.S. Thousands of pedestrians are injuried or killed in traffic crashes every year in the United States.
Most pedestrian deaths occur in large urban areas. In cities with a population exceeding 1 million, pedestrians account for about 35 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.
Almost one-third of all adult pedestrians fatally injured in traffic crashes have blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.10 percent or more. At night, more than half of all adult pedestrians fatally injured in traffic crashes have BACs of 0.10 percent or more. (IIHS Status Report: Vol. 34, No. 3, March 13, 1999)
Elderly pedestrians, age 70 and above, are at the greatest risk for pedestrian fatalities.
Most pedestrians are struck by the front of a passenger vehicle.
Jaywalking is crossing the street at any point other than a crosswalk or corner.
Stop, look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT, and over your shoulder for turning traffic before crossing.