In 2014, pedestrians were involved in 15 percent of total traffic fatalities. Additionally, an estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in U.S. traffic crashes that year.
Causes Of Car Accidents Including Pedestrians:
With the added distraction of watching oncoming traffic for an opening, drivers often forget to check for pedestrians before making the turn.
Studying a GPS for directions, texting, or emailing while behind the wheel can all distract a driver, making a crash more likely.
Driving under the influence.
Despite the marketing efforts of activist groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and harsh laws intended to prevent drunk driving, alcohol was involved in 48 percent of fatal crashes in 2014.
At night and during inclement weather, pedestrians are more difficult to see. This is especially true when pedestrians are wearing dark clothing. Similarly, cars on the road at night without their headlights turned on are less likely to be noticed by pedestrians.
Pedestrians who do not wait for “go” signals at crosswalks or demonstrate unpredictable behavior are likely to surprise drivers, who then have little time to react and avoid a crash.