Who is most likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident? Where are you most likely to be hit by a car or truck? What is the most common time of the week for pedestrian accidents? How many pedestrians are kill or injured each year in the United States? Learn the answers to these questions in this article regarding pedestrian accident statistics.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics | Washington Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Walking down the street in Washington State may seem like an innocuous activity, but the truth is that thousands each year are seriously hurt or killed in pedestrian accident. Both in urban areas such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue as well as in the suburbs and rural areas, people are struck by vehicles each day. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Association, 5,000 Americans are killed in pedestrian accidents each year and fourteen times more than that are seriously injured in pedestrian accidents. In 2007, 4,654 people died from being hit by a car, truck, or motorcycle. All in all, one person is hit by a vehicle every eight minutes in the United States alone.

Here are some further pedestrian accident facts:

· Pedestrians represent just over ten percent of all traffic accidents in the country - although walking is only the mode of transportation in 9 percent of all trips.

· The vast majority of pedestrian accidents - 86 percent - take place in cities and large towns, according to the National Safety Council. The remainder of pedestrian accidents take place in rural settings.

· Seventy percent of fatal pedestrian accident victims are male.

· Almost half of all pedestrian accidents take place on the weekend. This is because both vehicle drivers and pedestrians are more likely to have consumed alcohol on the weekend and because more people are out on the weekend.

· Most pedestrians are killed on crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips, and traffic islands.

· Twenty percent of all fatal pedestrian accident cases in 2007 were hit-and-run incidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

· Those 70 years and older are much more likely to be the victim of a pedestrian accident. The very young are also especially susceptible to being hit by cars.