Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The number of pedestrian accidents has shown a decrease in the past four decades, but there is compelling evidence that it’s on rise once again. Fourteen percent of all crash deaths in the United States involved pedestrians in 2013, which is a clear indication that pedestrian accidents are more common than society realizes. With walking populations denser in urban areas, it only makes sense that roughly 70% of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas. Death rates among pedestrians hit by motor vehicles rise as age increases, and the speed of the car at the time of impact is directly related to death rates.

Whether more people are relying on walking to get around their cities or there are more distracted drivers on the road, pedestrian accidents continue to occur in Florida and throughout the United States, regardless of the safety precautions put in place by the government. While society is trying to bring awareness to the need for caution when considering pedestrians, the rate at which pedestrians are dying from accidents involving motor vehicles remains relatively unchanged.

National Pedestrian Fatality Statistics

Statistics for U.S. pedestrian fatalities include the following:

  • Accidents involving motor vehicles resulted in 41,259 deaths. Out of this number, 4,699 were walkers.
  • Back in 2004, there were 42,836 crash-related deaths. Out of this number, 4,675 people in the United States were pedestrians. This made up 11% of the total number of people killed in crashes that year.
  • In 2013, 32,719 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
  • Pedestrians accounted for 4,735 of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes. This number accounted for 14% of all deaths involving accidents that year.
  • Men made up 66% of the pedestrian deaths in 2013.
  • Alcohol-related fatalities occurred in 49% of the cases in 2013.
  • The average age of pedestrians killed by drivers of motor vehicles was 46.
  • People killed in car accidents in 2013 had an average age of 36.
  • Twenty percent of the pedestrians killed in 2013 were children under the age of 15.
  • Children ages 10 to 14 accounted for 9% of pedestrian-related injuries.
  • Children accounted for 5% of the total people killed in pedestrian-related accidents in 2014.
  • Pedestrians 65 years and older made up about 10% of the people injured.

Factors That Contributed To Pedestrian Accidents

Contributing factors in pedestrian accidents include the following:

  • Accidents in urban environments accounted for 73% of all fatal accidents involving pedestrians.
  • Night and evening are the most prevalent times for accidents to occur, accounting for 72% of all accidents.
  • The evening hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. accounted for 26% of the total accidents.
  • During the weekday, pedestrian accidents occurred the most in the evening hours.
  • Weekend rates for pedestrian fatalities in the evening are similar, with a marked increase from 9 p.m. until midnight.
  • Darkness was a factor in more than 70% of all pedestrian-related deaths reported in 2013.
  • Distracted driving is a major contributing factor in all pedestrian-related deaths.

Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Statewide statistics on pedestrian accidents include the following:

  • In 2012, Florida had the third highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the United States.
  • Twenty-seven pedestrians were killed in Jacksonville in 2012, a fatality rate of 3.23 per 100,000 people in the state.
  • There were 476 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 in Florida, accounting for 20% of the total pedestrian fatalities in the United States.

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