- In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles (NHTSA).
- In Texas, pedestrian fatalities totaled 678 while bicyclists totaled 65, in 2016. (CRIS)
- Overall, male pedestrians approximately ages 15 years and older were over represented. For drivers involved in pedestrian crashes, the greatest proportion were younger (under age 35 years) and male drivers. (texasshsp.com)
- Over 70,000 pedestrian and bicyclists were injured in 2015 (NHTSA).
- From 2010 to 2015 almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occured in urban areas, exactly 78% (texasshsp.com).
- More than a quarter (26%) of all pedestrian fatalities occurred between 6 and 8:59 p.m. (IIHS).
- In 2016, the number of pedestrian fatalities was highest in California (867), followed by Texas (672) and Florida (652). (NHTSA)
- In 2016, pedestrian deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities (NHTSA).
Pedestrian Safety Information
Use Sidewalks – When there is a sidewalk, use it! Most pedestrian traffic accidents happen when someone is walking in the roadway.
Be very alert when crossing any roadway. Stay on the right-hand side of crosswalks. Drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Cross at Intersections and in Crosswalks
- Yield to vehicles on the roadway if you cross the street at a place other than a marked crosswalk or pedestrian tunnel or crossing. If you’re hit while jaywalking, the driver may not be liable, and his or her auto insurance may not cover your injuries.
- If the road has no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
Tips for Pedestrian Safety
- Be seen – wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Make a plan – look for the safest route with less traffic, slower speeds, more lighting, and sidewalks.
- Always cross at intersections. Look left, then right, then left again before proceeding.
- Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
- As a passenger, get in or out of a car on the curb side of the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
- Avoid all distractions, such as cell phones and ear buds or other electronics
- Follow the traffic rules, signs and signals
- Be aware of vehicles around you
Laws – Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. As a bicyclist, you should obey all traffic laws, including the following:
- Stop at red lights and stop signs
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Pay attention to lane markers
- Ride near the curb, traveling in the same direction as traffic
- Use a light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the back of your bike while riding at night
Remember to use proper signals when you want to stop or turn. For a left turn, stretch out your left arm to the left; for a right turn stretch out your right arm to the right, or stretch out your left arm and make a 90 degree angle up with your elbow . For a stop, hold your left arm downward.
Tips for Bicyclists
- Wear a properly fitted helmet to reduce the chances of head injury and death. (Some cities and counties require cyclists to wear helmets. Contact local law enforcement for more information.)
- Always check brakes and tires before riding. Use this bicycle safety checklist>
- Make it easier for drivers to see you by wearing light colors or reflective clothing.
Tips for Drivers, Share the Road
- Be on the lookout for cyclists or pedestrians on the highway, especially at intersections.
- If you are passing a bicyclist, move to another lane if possible and give them plenty of room.
- Watch for bicyclists who may need to maneuver around potholes and debris.
- Make eye contact with pedestrians or bicyclists before turning.
- Follow posted speed limits.
- Give the pedestrian the right of way.
- Be alert in school zones, bus drop-off and pickup areas, or play grounds.
- Give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.
- Designate a safe spot for school pick-up.