Who is most at risk for a pedestrian accident?

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that in the year 2013, there were 4,413 people injured and 151 people killed in pedestrian accidents in the state. These accidents involved people of a wide array of ages and occurred in a variety of different locations at a multitude of different time periods. The following takes a look at who is most at-risk for a pedestrian accident.

Pedestrian Deaths by Age and Sex

The age group with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the year 2013 was age 75 and older, people in this age category characterized 21 of the 151 fatal pedestrian accidents. The next most commonly involved age group were people ages 40-44, followed by people ages 65-69. The age group with the least number of pedestrian fatalities was children ages 10-14, followed by children ages five through nine.

Regarding gender, 66 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2013 involved males.

Pedestrian Deaths by Location

Pedestrians living in the city have a higher risk of being involved in an accident that do pedestrians living in boroughs/towns or townships.

  • 64.2 percent of total pedestrians involved in accidents in 2013 (both fatal and injury-causing) were in cities
  • 14.7 percent of pedestrian accidents occurred in boroughs/towns
  • 21 percent of pedestrian accidents occurred in townships

Most of the pedestrian accidents happened in the daytime (62.8 percent) in 2013  while 33.8 percent occurred when it was dark outside. Some personal safety tips for walking at night are to use the sidewalks whenever possible and make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street in front of them.

Pedestrian Accidents by Activity

Performing certain activities while walking can increase a person’s risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident.

  • 30.6 percent of pedestrians involved in accidents in 2013 were walking, running, jogging, or playing at time of collision
  • 35.7 percent were entering or crossing a specified location
  • 4.5 percent were standing at the time of crash

How to Decrease Your Risk of Being Involved in a Pedestrian Accident

You can reduce your risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident by always paying attention when you’re walking. Put the phone away and take your earbuds out. What’s more, never cross if a crossing light indicates that you shouldn’t do so, and always cross a street using a crosswalk if possible. For more tips, read our pedestrian accident blog.

In the event that you are in a pedestrian accident, make sure you take action quickly to file a claim. The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is two years.

At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can help you figure out the next steps. To learn more, call us at 215-642-2335 today.