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 safety include:
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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