According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the year 2015. That is 17.7% of the total U.S. fatalities that occurred in that year. That averages out to about 15 victims per day. Although total traffic fatalities in the U.S. fell by nearly 18% from 2006 to 2015, pedestrian fatalities rose by 18% during that time period. Learn more about pedestrian crash statistics.

Pedestrian Crash Statistics

There were an estimated 70,000 pedestrians injured in collisions with motor vehicles in the year 2015. That number is up from 61,000 in 2006. Again, these numbers are provided by the NHTSA.

Trends And Numbers Accumulated By The NHTSA And The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

  • 70% of pedestrians killed in 2014 were males.
  • 26% of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
  • 73% of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas.
  • 34% of pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
  • 14% of all drivers involved in a pedestrian fatality had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Three States Lead All Others In Pedestrian Fatalities

  • California    697
  • Florida    588
  • Texas    476

Editors note  – So the take away is don’t drink and walk. And if you must, don’t drink and walk, do it in California, Texas or Florida.

You can see how Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist coverage applies to Bicycling and Walking.

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