Pedestrian accidents: A look at the numbers

One of the worst sounds a person can hear is the sound of one car's metal crushing and tearing the metal, plastic and glass of another motor vehicle. What makes it truly awful is the real possibility that the noise will include the sounds of people being injured.

No motor vehicle collision is more likely to involve serious injuries or fatalities than when a car or truck strikes a pedestrian. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says anyone who is on foot is a pedestrian, whether that person is walking or running, standing or sitting. 

Though total fatalities in traffic accidents declined nearly 25 percent in the decade from 2005 to 2014, pedestrian fatalities remained virtually unchanged in that period.

In order to reduce the likelihood of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, we must understand when these accidents occur. The NHTSA says 26 percent of crashes involving pedestrians occur from 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. The second worst time is from 9 pm. to 11:59 p.m.

Those who are at greatest risk are our youngest and oldest citizens. Nearly 1 out of 5 pedestrian accidents involve a child 14 or younger, the NHTSA says. Among adults, the age group with the highest percentage involved was those who are 60 to 64.

More than two-thirds of all pedestrians killed are male.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, alcohol is also a significant factor in these crashes, with nearly half of all pedestrian accidents involving alcohol consumption.

People who have been injured, or had a loved one injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, can speak with a Bakersfield attorney experienced in motor vehicle accident litigation.

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