Recent pedestrian accidents statistics reveal that pedestrian safety continues to be a problem in Tampa and throughout the country.
Florida is one of the four leading states for pedestrian accidents along with California, Texas and New York. These four states account for 41 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents that take place in our country.
Here in Florida, 7,894 pedestrian accidents took place in 2010, represent a decline of 4.29% from 2009. These accidents resulted in 7,290 pedestrian injuries and 499 pedestrian fatalities.
The pedestrian fatality rate in Florida has declined in recent years from 3.11 per 100,000 residents in 2001 to 2.65 in 2010. Pedestrian injuries have declined somewhat as well from 7,894 in 2001 to 7,290 in 2010.
Nationwide, pedestrian accident statistics are improving as well. 4,280 pedestrian fatalities took place in the United States in 2010, compared to 5,585 in 1995. That’s a drop of 23 percent. Similarly, pedestrian injuries dropped from about 84,000 in 1995 to 70,000 in 2010, a decline of 17 percent.
Someone is injured in a pedestrian accident on an average once every 8 minutes while a pedestrian is killed once every 2 hours. According to the Centers for Disease Control, pedestrian are 1.5 times more likely to lose their life while traveling from point A to point B than vehicle occupants.
Children continue to be at particularly high risk for being seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. 20% of the pedestrian fatalities that occurred in 2010 were of children aged 5 to 9. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, pedestrian injuries and fatalities involving children under 15 costs the economy $5.2 per year.
Most pedestrian accidents take place in urban areas, at non-intersections and at night. The groups at highest risk for pedestrian injuries and fatalities are children, the elderly and pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol.
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