According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 11,084 pedestrians injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2010, in addition to 149 pedestrian fatalities. The cost of all hospitalizations for pedestrian accidents throughout the city totaled $317,066,849.13 in a recent year, making accidents of this nature both dangerous and financially strapping.
Of these pedestrian accidents, the most common causes included:
- Distracted Drivers – 36%
- Pedestrian Mistakes – 21.5%
- Failure to Yield Right of Way – 20.6%
- Speeding – 8.3%
Other leading causes included backing out of a driveway or parking space without looking, driving drunk, running a red light or stop sign, and aggressive driving. Pedestrians commonly suffer severe injuries ranging from broken bones and traumatic brain injury, to paralyzing spinal cord injuries and permanent disability.