New research finds that male pedestrians have a much higher rate of succumbing to injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident, compared to females. The findings of the study are especially interesting because pedestrians account for approximately 12% of all fatalities from traffic accidents inside the United States. Pedestrian safety is a major concern for Woodland Hills pedestrian accident lawyers, because these numbers have not been declining in spite of the fact that overall accident fatality numbers have been dropping substantially.
The researchers analyzed traffic accident and fatality data between 2008 and 2009. They found in their analysis that males and females walked approximately the same distances every day. However, males seemed to have a slightly higher risk of being involved in an accident with an automobile, compared to a female.
However, a further analysis found that male pedestrians who were involved in an accident were much more likely to succumb to their injuries compared to female pedestrians. In fact, the fatality rate among pedestrians was approximately 2.3% higher than for female pedestrians.
Researchers believe that a male tendency to take unnecessary risks is to blame for this increased pedestrian fatality risk among males. The most serious pedestrian accidents are those that involve intoxicated pedestrians or motorists. Males are much more likely to walk when they are under the influence of alcohol, compared to females. That could explain the higher fatality rate among male pedestrians.
The researchers also studied the factors that could possibly help reduce pedestrian fatalities. For instance, analysis of the data showed that lowered speed limits have helped reduce the number of pedestrian accident fatalities in some areas. In other cases, infrastructure improvements, like the construction of more sidewalks and increased number of designated crosswalks have also meant a reduction in pedestrian fatalities.