Examining the Characteristics of Fatal Pedestrian Crashes
Advanced Search
Select up to three search categories and corresponding keywords using the fields to the right. Refer to the Help section for more detailed instructions.

Search our Collections & Repository

All these words:

For very narrow results

This exact word or phrase:

When looking for a specific result

Any of these words:

Best used for discovery & interchangable words

None of these words:

Recommended to be used in conjunction with other fields



Publication Date Range:


Document Data


Document Type:






Clear All

Query Builder

Query box

Clear All

For additional assistance using the Custom Query please check out our Help Page


Examining the Characteristics of Fatal Pedestrian Crashes

Filetype[PDF-1.10 MB]

  • English

  • Details:

    • Corporate Creators:
    • Publication/ Report Number:
    • Resource Type:
    • Edition:
      Final Report
    • Abstract:
      Pedestrian safety has become a strategic priority for UDOT over the past two years. In Utah, pedestrians make up over 12% of total roadway fatalities while less than 2% of all trips are taken on foot. This over-representation of risk led to the creation of the Utah Pedestrian Safety Action Plan in 2015. Several of the goals in that plan speak directly to improving methods for collecting data regarding pedestrian crashes. One major drawback in current reporting is that there is little consistency across or even within jurisdictions in what is included about a pedestrian on a crash report. The level of detail for a motorist involved in a crash is relatively standard, however it is up to the responding officer to decide what is included on the crash form about the pedestrian. By conducting a detailed evaluation of crash reports for 119 fatal pedestrian crashes (2012-2014) and analyzing additional data for all pedestrian crashes (2006-2015) this research seeks to improve UDOTs understanding of pedestrian crashes resulting in a fatality. Findings include that a large majority of crash reports include at least one and often more coding errors. Up to 15% of reports from fatal pedestrian crashes have absolutely no narrative of what occurred. Additional analysis identified a profile for a typical fatal pedestrian crash. Fatal crashes are most likely to occur in the early spring or late fall in lower light conditions when visibility is already limited. Potentially in bad weather when a wide road is wet or icy. These crashes involve a pedestrian who may be impaired, participating in illegal and unpredictable behaviors such as improper crossing or wearing clothing that is not visible. Drivers are most likely to be impaired or distracted, and speeding straight ahead. Recommendations include conducting a thorough evaluation of current crash report procedures and forms; conducting trainings for law enforcement on how to accurately report on pedestrian crashes; and continue existing education programs on pedestrian safety.
    • Format:
    • Main Document Checksum:
    • File Type:

    Supporting Files

    • No Additional Files

    More +

    You May Also Like

    Checkout today's featured content at rosap.ntl.bts.gov

    Version 3.26