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Latest Pedestrian v. Auto Accident Statistics

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest statistics on accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles in the United States. The report details the number of pedestrian traffic related fatalities and injuries. The report shows that a pedestrian dies from a motor vehicle related collision once, on average, every 113 minutes and a pedestrian is injured in a traffic incident about every 8 minutes.

The totals reveal that in the year 2007 4,654 pedestrians died in the United States and 70,000 were injured in traffic accidents in the United States. The statistics also provide information about the location and conditions at the time of the traffic accidents. By far the majority (73%) of the deaths happened in urban areas and outside of crosswalks away from intersections (77%). Most happened in good weather (90%), and most were at night (67%). The most alarming (but not surprising statistic) was that alcohol was found in a driver or the pedestrian Alcohol involvement in 49 percent of the fatal pedestrian traffic accidents. More children and elderly are involved in traffic crashes involving pedestrians than other victims.

Analysis of the statistics tells us to be careful crossing outside of an intersection and that drunk driving kills. Of course, we already knew that.