Pedestrian roadway fatalities

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

"The objective of this study by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) was to examine the pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Data was analyzed for trends using the 1998 through 2001 NCSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Rates are calculated based on the US resident population data from the Census Bureau.

"Almost 175,000 pedestrians died in all motor vehicle crashes with more than 162,000 pedestrians killed in single vehicle crashes between 1975 and 2000. Pedestrian fatalities from all crashes reached a low of 4,763 fatalities in 2000. In 2001, pedestrian fatalities slightly increased to 4,882. However, in 2001, pedestrian fatalities accounted for about 12 percent of all fatalities and 85 percent of all non-occupant fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

"Pedestrian fatalities in single vehicle crashes accounted for over 90 percent of the pedestrian fatalities from all fatal motor vehicle crashes. With such a high percentage of pedestrian fatalities from single vehicle crashes, this report was written to provide insight into the possible causes for these pedestrian fatalities."

Filed in: Crashes and Safety

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