Not surprisingly, vehicle versus
pedestrian accidents result in a greater number of injuries (81% versus 30% in vehicle versus
vehicle accidents) and a greater likelihood of death (14% versus 0.6%
in vehicle versus vehicle accidents). Pedestrians are 2.7 times more likely
to be injured and approximately 23 times more likely to be killed.
Children and the elderly – populations that are more likely to walk
to school, shopping, and work – are more likely to be injured in
a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. This is likely because they suffer
from mobility, cognitive and sensory impairments which puts them at higher
risk. Children (ages 0 to 14) comprise 24% of California's population
but 31% of all pedestrians injuries. The elderly comprise 18% of the total
state population, but accounted for 37% of all pedestrian fatalities.
(Blue, Gibby, and Ferrara, 2001).
A number of factors are likely contributing to pedestrian injuries and
fatalities. However, several factors that may significantly affect pedestrian
- Risky behavior (crossing outside crosswalk, "darting out" in
front of a vehicle);
- Children, the elderly, lower income persons, and persons with disabilities
are more likely to be pedestrians;
- Pedestrian facilities (sidewalks, marked crosswalks) influence pedestrian behavior;
- Pedestrians that are better educated about potential hazards are safer;
- Almost half of all fatal pedestrians accidents occur between 6pm and midnight.
Department of Justice (1994) Title III regulations, 28 CFR Part 36, Appendix
A. ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Washington D.C.
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