MOTOR VEHICLE AND ROADWAY FACTORS IN PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST INJURIES: AN EXAMINATION BASED ON EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT DATA

Information on 2558 persons treated for injuries incurred while bicyclng or walking was collected from eight hospital emergency departments over approximately a one-year time period. The emergency departments represented a mix of urban and suburban/rural sites in three states - California, New York, and North Carolina. The data were collected on special survey forms and included detailed information about the location of the injury event. Results show that , overall, 70% of the reported bicycle injury events and 64% of the reported pedestrian injury events did not involve a motor vehicle. In addition, 31% of the bicyclists and 53% of the pedestrians were injured in non-roadway locations such as sidewalks, parking lots, or off-road trails. Although pedestrians and bicyclists struck by motor vehicles in the roadway were generally the most seriously injured they represented less than a third of the reported cases. Increased knowledge of non-roadway and non-motor vehicle pedestrian and bicyclist injury events can contribute to more effective program and countermeasure development to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. (A)

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Stutts, J C
    • Hunter, W W
  • Publication Date: 1999-9

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00767312
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM