Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when they walk along or near roadways, and nowhere is that made more apparent than when looking at pedestrian accident statistics. These stark figures illustrate just how dangerous something as simple as walking from point A to B can be, thanks in no small part to the carelessness of certain drivers.
Read on to learn more about the quantity and types of pedestrian accidents that occur in Hawaii and throughout the U.S.
Note: Statistics provided according to the most recent available data
2008–2012 Hawaii Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- 27 pedestrian deaths occurred in Hawaii in 2012
- Between 2008 and 2012, an average of 24 pedestrian deaths happened per year in Hawaii
- 68% of all victims were struck on Oahu
- FARS data from 2007–2010 shows that 31% pedestrian-related accidents occurred between 5:31 p.m. and 11:29 p.m.
- 34% of pedestrian victims were struck in crosswalks
- 35% of pedestrian victims were struck while crossing open roadways
- 45% of accidents that were pedestrian-related happened in speed zones of 25 mph
- 25% of pedestrian victims had blood alcohol levels (BAC) over 0.08 when hit
59% of crashes were determined to result from driver error
- 38% of these drivers were being inattentive
- 25% failed to honor right-of-way
- 18% were speeding
- In 2012, 565 pedestrians were injured
- 77% of victims were brought to the emergency room
- 23% of victims with non-fatal injuries still ended up in the hospital
- 72% of patients were Honolulu County residents
- 89% of all pedestrian incidents involved motor vehicles
- Preliminary data shows that 17 pedestrian deaths occurred between January and June 2014
- Maps compiled from Oahu pedestrian accident locations show that Honolulu has the highest concentration of pedestrian accidents
- The area around the Ala Moana Center and Keeaumoku Street were “hot spots” for accidents
2013 U.S. Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- 4,735 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2013
- These deaths accounted for 14% of all traffic accident-related deaths
- 73% of all pedestrian fatalities happened in urban areas
- Most deaths (69%) occurred at non-intersection areas
- 72% of deaths happened at night
- 21% of children under the age of 14 who died in traffic-related accidents were pedestrians
- 69% of killed pedestrians were men
- The fatality rate for male pedestrians compared to females was over twice as high — 2.09 versus 0.92 per 100,000 people
- 92% of all pedestrian fatalities involved crashes with a single vehicle
- Pedestrians were far more likely to be killed by being struck with the front of a car than the rear or sides
- Large vehicles with low visibility like trucks and buses had the highest rate of right-side pedestrian impacts
- A fifth of all killed pedestrians were struck by drivers that performed a hit-and-run
2012 U.S. Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- 4,818 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents in 2012 throughout the U.S.
- An additional 76,000 people were injured
When averaging out the time in a year, these two figures equate to:
- A pedestrian dying every 2 hours
- A pedestrian getting injured every 7 minutes
- A pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to die than a vehicle’s passenger when either leaves the house
- 20% of all killed pedestrians were age 65 or older
48% of pedestrian-related traffic accidents involved alcohol
- 34% of pedestrians had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) at or above 0.08, the legal limit for being intoxicated
- 14% of drivers had BACs at or above 0.08
- Most pedestrian deaths happen at night along non-intersection stretches of road and in urban areas
Have You Been a Pedestrian Victim? Are You Family to a Pedestrian Who Has Been Injured or Killed?
As you can see from all the above data, being a pedestrian can involve significant danger usually through no fault of your own. Driver neglect and other hazards like low visibility could all be potential faults for your accident.
You or your family member victim could be entitled to receive compensation for the expenses, pain and emotional anguish you have suffered as a result of being struck while simply trying to walk down the street.