SAFETY FACTS

Approximately 70% of all children killed or injured by motor vehicles are struck within blocks from their own homes.

  • An average of 3 children 14 and younger were killed and 487 were injured every day in traffic crashes in 2015. (NHTSA)                                                                  
  • 35,092 motor vehicle traffic fatalities, 1,132 were children, an estimated 178,000 children were injured.                                                                                                             
  • 233 killed were child pedestrians, and 8,000 injured.                                                                                                                                                                       

Speeding is the most common traffic rule violation and contributes to motor vehicle accidents every single day.


Pedestrians:

Pedestrians are any persons on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down, who are involved in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

In 2015:

  • 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, 1,160 (22%) occurred in rural areas, 3,704 (69%) occurred in urban areas, and (10%) were unknowns. (NHTSA)

 

  • There were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes.

 

  • Of the 5,376 pedestrian fatalities in traffic crashes, 233 (4%) were children.            
  • Of the estimated 70,000 injured pedestrians in traffic crashes, 8,000 (12%) were children.                                                                                                                                   
  • 233 of the 1,132 children killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.                           
  • Of the 219 child pedestrians killed in single-vehicle crashes, 178 children (81%) were struck by the front of the vehicle, 10 (5%) were struck by the right side of the vehicle, 7 (3%) were struck by the left side of the vehicle, 9 (4%) were struck by the rear of the vehicle, and 15 (7%) were unknowns.                                             
  • Of the 233 child pedestrians killed, 29 (12%) were struck by a hit-and-run driver.     
  • 70% of the pedestrian fatalities among the 14-and-younger age group occurred at non-intersection locations. 25% were killed in rural areas and 75% were killed in urban areas. 

Pedalcyclists: 

Pedalcyclists are riders of bicycles (two-wheel non-motorized cycles) and other cycles (tricycles and unicycles) powered solely by pedals. 

In 2015:

  • A total of 818 pedalcyclists were killed and an estimated 45,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. (NHTSA)                                                                            
  • Of the 818 pedalcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 26% occurred in rural areas, 60% occurred in urban areas, and 14% were unknowns.                       
  •  Of the 818 pedalcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 44 (5%) were children.                               
  • 4% of the 1,132 children killed in traffic crashes were pedalcyclists.                         
  • Of the estimated 45,000 pedalcyclists injured in traffic crashes, 6,000 (12%) were children.


Distracted Driving:

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways.  3,477 people killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2015. 

  • 272 teens (15 to 19 years old) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2015 
  • 8% of the people who died in distraction-affected crashes in 2015 were teens 15 to 19 years old.
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)
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