In 2010, 4,280 people in the U.S. were killed in car-pedestrian accidents. An estimated 70,000 were injured. A new study from researchers at New York University Medical Center is seeking to understand pedestrian accidents by asking, "What are people doing when they are hit by a car?"
The study looked at the behavior and injuries of nearly 1,100 patients who arrived at New York University Medical Center after being injured in a pedestrian car accident. All the accidents occurred between 2008 and 2011. The study included 145 victims under age 18.
Children under age six:
- Most were being supervised by an adult
- 44 percent were struck while darting into the street
- 36 percent were struck crossing a street in the middle of the block
Children age 7 to 12:
- 53 percent were not supervised by an adult
- 47 percent were hit by a car while crossing a street in the middle of the block
- 25 percent were struck after they suddenly ran into the street
- 88 percent were not with an adult
- 32 percent were hit while crossing a street in the middle of the block
- 18 percent were using an electronic device at the time of the accident
- 14 percent were struck while darting into the street
- 18 percent were hit when they did not use a crosswalk
- 15 percent were intoxicated when they were hit
- 9 percent were using an electronic device at the time of the accident
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