Pedestrian Accidents by the Numbers
The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 7,668 pedestrians died in traffic and non-traffic accidents in 2019. “Non-traffic” accidents are those that occur in parking lots, driveways, and other types of private property. The vast majority of pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings and the open road versus intersections. About 80 percent of pedestrian accidents occur after dark. The New York Times reports that in 2022 pedestrian accidents are up, largely due to reckless and distracted drivers.
What Types of Injuries Are Sustained by Pedestrians Following a Pedestrian Injury Accident?
Because of the vulnerability of pedestrians, they are likely to suffer severe, even catastrophic injuries when hit by a vehicle. The lower body usually comes into contact with the vehicle first, meaning many pedestrians will experience trauma to the lower limbs, ligaments, and muscles, including pelvis fractures, lacerations, and broken bones.
If the face, neck, or head of the pedestrian strike the hood or windshield of the vehicle, or the hard pavement there could be severe injuries such as shoulder displacement, injuries to the vertebrae, neck injuries, jaw fractures, skull damage, concussions, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, facial disfigurement due to scarring from glass shards.
The arms, wrists, and hands are the third most likely area of pedestrian injury following being hit by a vehicle. According to NCBI, pedestrians are almost twice as likely to have a head injury than an injury to their chest or abdomen.