New National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Statistics Show Pedestrian Fatalities Up in 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today reminded pedestrians of all ages to walk with care – using crosswalks where possible – and urged drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians at all times. A new NHTSA report shows pedestrian fatalities across the nation rose by 4 percent in 2010.
New statistics released by NHTSA today show 4,280 pedestrians died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010 – up from the 4,109 pedestrian deaths recorded in 2009. Pedestrian deaths in 2010 accounted for 13 percent of all the traffic fatalities and 3 percent of injuries reported during the year. The majority of pedestrian deaths in 2010 (73 percent) occurred in urban environments, with nearly 80 percent of these deaths taking place at non-intersections and almost 90 percent in clear weather. Fully 68 percent of pedestrian deaths happened at night.