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Pedestrian accidents: Facts and figures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration likes to say that we are all pedestrians. Not all of us in New York City drive a car or ride a bicycle, but virtually everyone walks.

The NHTSA says that a pedestrian is anyone on foot, whether walking, running, jogging or hiking. Those of us who are pedestrians are in increasing danger of being involved in accidents that cause injuries and in some cases, deaths.

According to the federal agency, there has been a steady decline in traffic fatalities since 2006. That year, 42,708 people were killed in crashes involving one or more motor vehicles. Of that total, 4,795 pedestrian fatalities were recorded across the nation.

By 2014, the number of total fatalities had dropped significantly, down to 32,675. Yet pedestrian deaths had climbed to 4,884.

We can better understand how to prevent these senseless injuries and fatalities when we look at when and where the collisions occurred. According to the NHTSA, 78 percent of pedestrian deaths were in urban areas, with 71 percent occurring in non-intersections. Only 19 percent of pedestrian deaths were as a result of crashes in intersections.

Think about this, too: during spring (March, April, May), the most dangerous time of day is from 9 pm. to midnight. Second most dangerous: 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m.

The highest percentage of pedestrian injuries among age groups: children ages 5 to 9 (5 percent of all pedestrian injuries occur in this group), tied with children ages 10 to 14 years old (also 5 percent).

Parents who have had a child injured by the driver of a car often feel overwhelmed. They can get answers to questions and discuss their legal options with attorneys experienced in pedestrian injury litigation.

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