Washington State University Pedestrian Statistics

2011 Statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 69,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States
  • The 4,432 pedestrian fatalities in 2011 were an increase of 3 percent from 2010, but a decrease of 7 percent from 2002.
  • In 2011, pedestrian deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, and made up 3 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes
  • 80% of pedestrian fatalities occurred during normal weather conditions (clear/cloudy), compared to rain, snow and foggy conditions.
  • A majority of the pedestrian fatalities, 70 percent, occurred during the nighttime (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m).
  • Alcohol involvement — either for the driver or for the pedestrian — was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities. Of the pedestrians involved, 35 percent had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Of the drivers involved in these fatal crashes, 13 percent had a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher
  • Pedestrians ages 25-34 who were killed had the highest percentage of alcohol impairment at 50 percent

Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811748.pdf