If you walk to work, enjoy getting exercise alongside the road or walk for any other reason, it is important to go over statistics on these accidents to understand the risks that are present. Every year, many pedestrians suffer serious injuries when accidents occur. Moreover, certain age groups are especially vulnerable and some areas are more dangerous.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents continue to occur for many reasons. From low visibility to drunk driving, pedestrians face many dangers when walking.
Analyzing pedestrian accidents by age
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation published information regarding the age groups involved in fatal and nonfatal pedestrian accidents. During 2020, 146 pedestrians died in traffic accidents and 2,788 sustained injuries. More people between the ages of 35 and 39 and those 75 and older died in pedestrian accidents in comparison to other age groups. No pedestrians between the ages of 5 and 9 lost their lives during 2020.
With respect to injuries, more pedestrians between the ages of 25 and 29 suffered injuries than pedestrians in other age groups, accounting for 8.8% of all pedestrian injuries.
Other statistics on pedestrian accidents
The DOT also reports that most pedestrian accidents took place during the daytime in 2020. However, most fatal pedestrian accidents occurred at night. A majority of pedestrians died while crossing the road (43.8%), but 8.2% died while standing. More men lost their lives in pedestrian accidents than women.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, carefully explore your options. Some victims take their case to court.