With fatal pedestrian accidents, there are various risk factors to consider, such as the time of day someone is walking or the consumption of alcohol, either by a driver or a pedestrian. However, there are other statistics on pedestrian deaths that may be helpful for drivers and pedestrians to review. For example, statistics can shed light on the different types of vehicles that are involved in fatal pedestrian accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published data on fatal pedestrian accidents in 2013. According to the NHTSA’s site, more pedestrians were killed by light trucks in a single-vehicle accident than any other type of vehicle in 2013 (1,763). However, passenger cars were a close second, resulting in the loss of 1,733 pedestrian lives over the course of 2013. Other types of vehicles that resulted in pedestrian deaths included buses and large trucks, although the number of pedestrians who passed away after being struck by these types of vehicles was much lower.
It is important to point out that while some types of vehicles are involved in fatal pedestrian collisions more frequently than others, all of these vehicle types can claim a pedestrian’s life when an accident takes place. If you are a driver, you should be especially vigilant when you are on the road and be aware of any pedestrians. Pedestrians should also keep an eye out for all vehicles when they are walking. Sadly, it is inevitable that more pedestrian lives will be claimed in the months ahead, resulting in fatalities that were completely preventable.