Drivers involved in 180 fatal collisions with Baltimore pedestrians were studied. Eighty-three drivers (46%) were judged to have been probably negligent and 66 (37%) were probably not negilgent; negilgence was not known for 31 (17%). Driver negligence was correlated with poor driving records. The study drivers had more points for traffic convictions than the average Maryland driver. Recommendations include chemical tests for alcohol of drivers who kill pedestrians and swifter suspension of licenses of drivers believed to pose a substantial hazard to society. Since behavior of high-risk drivers may prove to be as difficult to modify as that of high-risk pedestrians, solutions probably lie in modifying roads, vehicles, and traffic patterns in order to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the American Association for Automotive Medicine annual meeting (16th), Chapel Hill, Oct. 19, 1972. This abstract appeared in Highway Safety Literature, No. 9, published May 14, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

    Baltimore, MD  United States  21218

    Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner


    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    1005 North Glebe Road
    Arlington, VA  United States  22201
  • Authors:
    • Baker, S P
    • Robertson, L S
    • O'Neill, B
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: n.p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 3

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00263119
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Literature
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-012 859, HS-012 543
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 1983 12:00AM