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Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrian accidents are increasing, and statistics point out the severity of the problem:

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  • In 2015, 1,040 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles in Utah. There were 901 injured, and 49 were killed.
  • Pedestrian accidents account for 1% of crashes but 13% of deaths.
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. is the most dangerous time for pedestrian accidents
  • Children ages 10-19 are most vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. Drivers are most likely to be 20-29 years old, followed by 15-19 years old.

Major factors contributing to pedestrian accidents are:

  • Failed to yield right of way (33%)
  • Hit and run (14%)
  • Driver distraction (8%)
  • Weather (4%)
  • Improper backing (4%)

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety:

  • Pedestrian crashes are 10.6 times more likely to result in death than other crashes.
  • One-half (49%) of the pedestrians in crashes were under 25 years of age.
  • 33% of drivers who hit pedestrians do so while turning.

Although most pedestrians involved in an accident do not contribute to the crash, the leading contributing factors to pedestrian accidents are:

  • Improper crossing (13%)
  • Darting (7%)
  • Entering the roadway improperly (5%)

The location of pedestrians in crashes is:

  • In a marked crosswalk (41%)
  • In a roadway and not at an intersection/crosswalk (28%)
  • Road shoulder (8%)
  • Unmarked crosswalk (7%)
  • Sidewalk (5%)

Vehicle action prior to a crash is:

  • Traveling straight ahead (47%)
  • Turning left (17%)
  • Turning right (16%)
  • Backing (8%)
  • Parking (5%)

Motorists and pedestrians must be vigilant of the dangers and pay attention to the conditions around them. They should always exercise caution and follow traffic laws.