Young adolescent pedestrians’ and cyclists’ road deaths: analysis of police accident files (TRL report 620)

  • Published: TRL, 2005
  • Authors: J. Sentinella and M. Keigan
  • Date Added: 15 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 25 Oct 2016
  • Format: html


Analysis of the accident circumstances for fatally injured pedestrian and pedal cyclist casualties aged 9-15.


Review of police fatal accident files and Coroners reports. Road accidents between 1986 and 1995 were examined from 42 police forces in England and Wales (data from 291 accidents involving 202 pedestrian fatalities and 90 pedal cyclist fatalities were available for analysis).

Key Findings:

  • Just under half of the child pedestrian casualties were fatally injured on A-roads.

  • Nearly half the children (44%) were fatally injured on roads with a speed limit over 30mph.

  • A quarter of pedestrian fatalities were involved in accidents near crossing facilities such as zebra, pelican or pedestrian refuge.

  • At the time of the accident, just over half of the pedestrians (58 per cent) were either playing or at leisure.

  • Boys were more likely than girls to be involved in an accident.

  • Two-thirds of the fatally injured children were accompanied, and most were with friends.

  • The police reports suggested that a quarter of the child pedestrians had crossed the road without looking both ways and/or crossed at an inappropriate location.


Fatal child casualties


Amount of data available regarding the child’s behaviour was limited.