Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Collision Accident Statistics
South Florida sees a high volume of foot traffic because Florida has nice weather year round to take to the streets on foot. Throughout this year, the news has continued to report on pedestrians being injured or killed in Florida pedestrian motor vehicle accidents, indicating pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Although the statistics between 2000 and 2009 showed that pedestrian deaths declined, they actually increased in 2010 and may be continuing to climb in numbers.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents, including fatalities and injuries, are on the rise nationwide. With 4,280 pedestrians killed and 70,000 injured in pedestrian accidents in 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that pedestrian fatalities increased by 4.2% and injuries climbed by 19% in 2010.
These numbers are startling, as they reveal that nearly 12 people die in pedestrian accidents each day in this nation, which leads us to the conclusion that one pedestrian is killed every two hours somewhere in this nation. And many of these fatal pedestrian accidents have occurred right here in South Florida.
Because pedestrian injuries and fatalities have been decreasing for four straight years, it is puzzling why there is now an increase in pedestrian accidents. Authorities believe there are many reasons for this, including:
- Driver distractions, such as texting while driving and using electronic devices at the wheel
- Pedestrian distractions, such as texting while walking, talking on cell phones, or listening to headphones
- Increase in drunk driving or drugged driving
- Alcohol-impaired pedestrians
- Pedestrians crossing at non-intersection locations
- New technology, such as the increase in hybrid-electric vehicles on the road makes it harder for pedestrians to hear the electric motors