When it comes to pedestrian accidents, identifying the precise cause can be downright complex. As tempting as it may be to blame the driver, whose vehicle obviously made contact with the pedestrian, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals pedestrians often imperil their own safety.
For example, below are some statistics from the NHTSA’s 2015 report – the most recent year for which statistics are available. Allow the most experienced personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas, at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, explain the contours of this picture so you remain vigilant as you walk, run or jog around the streets of Las Vegas.
Statistics are Shocking, Personal Injury Attorneys Say
In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in the U.S., representing nearly a 10 percent increase over 2014. Meanwhile, about 70,000 pedestrians were injured. Together, this equates to one pedestrian being killed every 1.6 hours and one pedestrian being injured every 7.5 minutes.
In Las Vegas, there were 58 traffic fatalities in 2015, 13 of which involved pedestrians. This put the city’s pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people at 2.08, slightly above the national state average of 1.67. For additional perspective, the highest rates, in Dallas and Memphis, were 4.31 and 4.27, respectively, while the lowest pedestrian fatality rates were in Fresno (at 0.96) and Seattle (at 1.02).
Causes and Characteristics of Pedestrian Accidents
- 90 percent of pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved single vehicles; 10 percent were killed in multi-vehicle crashes.
- The average age of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes was 47; the average age of injured pedestrians was 38. Both numbers represent increases over the last 10 years.
- The highest total pedestrian fatality rates by age group were those ages 50 to 54 and 80 and up. The highest total pedestrian injury rates by age group were those ages 20 to 24 and 15 to 19.
- More than two-third of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males.
- The highest total percentage of pedestrian accidents (26 percent) occurred from 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m., followed by 23 percent from 9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. The lowest total percentage (5 percent) occurred from 9 a.m. to 11:59 a.m., followed by 6 percent from noon to 2:59 p.m.
- More pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark (74 percent) than in daylight (22 percent), dawn (2 percent) and dusk (2 percent).
- More pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas (76 percent) than in rural areas (24 percent).
- Alcohol consumed by the driver, pedestrian or both was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
- More pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections (72 percent) than at intersections (18 percent); 5 percent occurred at roadsides/ shoulders; and the remaining 5 percent were at other locations, such as parking lanes/zones, bicycle lanes, medians/crossing islands, driveway accesses, sidewalks, shared-use paths/trails and other areas.
- Nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of the pedestrians who were killed were struck in single or multi-vehicle crashes that involved hit-and-run drivers.
Contact GGRM, Personal Injury Attorneys in Las Vegas
While precautions are inherent in most of these causes and characteristics, this last statistic puts a particular chill up the spine of personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas. If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, do not hesitate to reach out to Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. We’ll assess your case and give you the benefit of the best legal advice in Southern Nevada. Call 702-388-4476 and receive a free case consultation today.