6 Incredible Pedestrian Injury Statistics

As with every other mode of transportation, there are risks associated with walking. And while millions of Americans enjoy the health benefits and the relative safety of walking on a regular basis, pedestrian injury statistics are alarming. A 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors revealed 24 percent of pedestrian injuries were due to tripping on uneven or cracked sidewalk, while 17 percent tripped or fell due to other reasons.

Distracted walking due to cell phones is also a big problem, with the National Safety Council attributing 11,100 injuries between 2000-2011 to this behavior. Additional data for distracted walking reveal:

  • 52% of cell phone distracted walking injuries happen at home
  • 68% of victims are women
  • 54% are 40 or younger
  • Nearly 80% of injuries were due to falls

Vehicles are an obvious threat to pedestrians. Pedestrian-vehicle injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 19. And while many cities are adding more walking paths and traffic safety measures, there is still work to be done to keep pedestrians safe. According to Injury Facts 2015:

  • 6,100 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2013
  • 23% of deaths and injuries result from pedestrians running into the street

Pedestrians must do their part and follow safety rules when walking. The following tips for pedestrian safety may help reduce the chance of injuries for children and adults of all ages:

  • Look both ways before crossing the street; looking left a second time is recommended because a car can cover a lot of distance in a short space of time
  • Make eye contact with drivers/cyclists to make sure they see you
  • Be aware of where vehicles are when crossing the street because even if you have the right of way, vehicles have blind spots and drivers may not see you
  • If your view is blocked when crossing the street, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
  • Never assume that a car is going to stop
  • Cross at designated crosswalks
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing for evening or nighttime walks
  • Children under the age of 10 should cross the street with an adult