Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed while walking along New York streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents in the United States resulted in 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012. There were also approximately 76,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents during that same year.
Adults who are over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. The CDC estimates that older adults account for 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths as well as 9 percent of all pedestrian injuries. Statistics from 2012 showed that children are also at a high risk of being killed in pedestrian accidents. A majority of fatal pedestrian accidents take place at night while people are walking in urban areas. Almost half of all fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in 2012 involved a driver or a pedestrian who had been drinking.