Analysis of pedestrian crashes

  • Published: USA National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, 2003
  • Authors: M. daSilva, J. Smith and W. Najm
  • Date Added: 02 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


Analysis of pedestrian RTIs in North America to inform a development programme for vehicle RTI avoidance systems.


Analysis of a four year dataset (1995-98) to establish common pre-RTI scenarios.

Key Findings:

  • The most common scenario was vehicle going straight on and pedestrian crossing at non-junction.

  • A very high proportion of drivers reported obscured vision in scenarios where the pedestrian darted on to the road.

  • Almost 60 per cent of RTIs in which the pedestrian was walking along the road at a non-junction occurred at night.


Pedestrian fatalities, statistics, scenarios, vehicle manoeuvres


Although the data set is old it is large and findings relating to pre-RTI scenarios are fairly unusual amongst other studies.