Pedestrian Accident Statistics for Seattle and Washington State

The Growing Problem of Crosswalk Accidents in the Evergreen State

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The United States faces a growing and troubling problem when it comes to injuries and deaths from pedestrian-involved collisions, and this is especially true in Washington state.

In the Evergreen State, pedestrian crashes occur most frequently in urban areas where pedestrian activity and traffic volumes are high. Rural areas can have their own set of complications for pedestrians as well. In many rural areas, there are often no sidewalks, shoulders, or paths that serve as a guide for pedestrians to use, which significantly increases the odds of collisions occurring in these areas.

Weekends are understandably associated with a higher frequency of collisions involving a pedestrian, as almost half of all reported pedestrian collisions occur on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. There also appear to be seasonal trends when it comes to the frequency of these types of accidents. September through January have the highest numbers of nationwide pedestrian fatalities due to fewer daylights hours and weather conditions. 

Pedestrian Accidents Factors in Washington State

Interestingly enough, child pedestrian collisions are most common in May, June, and July, which many traffic safety experts claim is due primarily to summer vacation and increases the number of children participating in outdoor activities. Below is a list of pedestrian statistics for Washington State to help you be aware of why collisions take place and what to look out for when walking down the street.

We have analyzed a collection of pedestrian-motor vehicle collision data from the Washington State Department of Safety, Center of Disease Control and Prevention motor vehicle safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here is a compiled list of useful pedestrian accident statistics pertaining to collisions throughout the United States:

  • Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths.
  • In Washington State, most fatal accidents occur in December and January 
  • Nearly 1-in-5 children (14 years old and younger), who were killed in traffic-related crashes, was a pedestrian.
  • Alcohol impairment (for the pedestrian or the driver) is involved in 49% of fatal pedestrian collisions.
  • Most pedestrian deaths occur at night, in urban areas, or non-intersection locations.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes 
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes
  • 26% of pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes occurred from 6-9pm
  • 1-in-5 of the pedestrians killed are struck in crashes that involved hit-and-run drivers

Knowledge is power, and those who have a better understanding of what impacts the odds of being involved in a pedestrian accident are therefore better prepared to protect themselves from serious injury as a result.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident and are unsure of your legal options, it may be beneficial to consult with a personal injury attorney about your case. Davis Law Group, P.S. works on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no obligation for simply discussing your case with our legal team. Let us help you get your life back on track and recover the fair level of compensation that you deserve - call our office today at 206-727-4000 or contact us online here.

Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.