Pedestrian incidents increasing

The Spanish motoring association, RACE, along with tyre manufacturer Goodyear, have issued a report which states that more than 10,000 pedestrians are hit by road vehicles each year in Spain, but there is not enough attention given to pedestrian awareness, as the emphasis is usually on driver behaviour.

The report, issued this week to coincide with the traffic increase of the 1st of May, quotes 2011 road traffic figures, stating that 222 pedestrians were killed on city roads, 1,616 were seriously injured and a further 8,400 suffered minor injuries.

Most fatalities occur when pedestrians are crossing the road, followed by those walking in the carriageway, and when a person is carrying out repairs to a vehicle, with four out of ten cases in this situation resulting in death.

Figures taken from the report reveal that the average profile of a pedestrian most likely to be killed is a 64 year old male, who would be killed whilst either crossing the road or repairing a vehicle on an unlit conventional road, at night.

The Valencia region comes in second place, after La Coruña, for having the largest number of recorded pedestrian fatalities.

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