On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes, and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. 68,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2004. Time to watch out! Scary thought, but the numbers are actually going down from previous years.
The data also shows that 16-20 year olds accounted for the highest number of fatalities followed by the 70+ age group. Time of day also seems to play a huge roll in the fatality statistics.
The final note is about pedestrian fatalities is the oh so common alcohol statistic. Either the driver or the pedestrian was reported in nearly 47% of the traffic crashes that involved a fatality. Pedestrians were under the influence 34% of the time while only 13% involved the driver. Most deaths occurred in California followed up by Texas. Florida was a close third.
So...if your 17 year old son plans on walking home from a party on a Friday night, maybe you should offer to pick him up!
Information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration