Los Angeles had the second-most traffic-related pedestrian fatalities in a new report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The following are a few highlights from the report:
- In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States.
- The fatalities represented an increase of 6 percent from 2011 and were the highest number of fatalities in the last 5 years.
- On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 7 minutes in traffic crashes.
- Older pedestrians (age 65+) accounted for 20 percent (935) of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 9 percent (7,000) of all pedestrians injured in 2012.
- The average age of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes was 46 and the average age of those injured was 35.
- More than one-fifth (22%) of the children ages 5 to 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
- Pedestrian fatalities were highest in California (612), followed by Texas (478) and Florida (476).
- The highest pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was in Delaware (2.94), followed by New Mexico (2.92).