Connecticut pedestrians are at appreciable risk of severe harm whenever they are in the presence of an automobile. However, national statistics indicate that pedestrian fatalities are decreasing in frequency, and the injury rate is dropping as well.
Almost 5,000 pedestrians were killed by contact with automobiles in 2001. By 2012, that number had dropped to 4,743. Over the same period, the number of injuries dropped from 78,000 to about 76,000. That number is necessarily an approximation because only a fraction of all the pedestrian injuries that occur every year are reported to a hospital or the police. Experts estimate that the national cost of automobile injuries to children younger than 15 years old amounts to $5.2 billion dollars every year. Pedestrians account for 14 percent of all automobile-related fatalities every year.