Virginia as a whole
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were a total of 120,513 crashes in Virginia in 2011. Overall, there were 1,787 accidents in Virginia that involved pedestrians and 75 were fatal. Of the 1,787 pedestrians, 190 were between the ages of 17 and 20.
Accidents with young drivers made up about 20 percent of the accidents in 2011. Statistics from the DMV show that the three most common causes of accidents for young drivers is following too close, failure to yield and speeding.
According to Sangster’s Tedx Talk called “Why Do We Live With Traffic?” motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death in people ages 15-44.
On a college campus, where students casually — and sometimes dangerously — cross the street, the question becomes, whose fault is it?
“Every incident is a little different," Morgan said. "You can’t make a generalization one way or the other. What we always tell people is that the vehicle has to look. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for looking while they're driving their car — not on the cell phone, not texting — looking at where they're driving.”
According to Virginia law, vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrian crossings — however, law also says that no pedestrians shall enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.
“I usually feel safe when I’m walking around campus,” said Vicki Tran, sophomore Business Information Technology major. “Generally, I watch out for myself and watch out for the people around me. Most of the time I try and cross the street in a group of people because you're less likely to get hit when you’re in a group of people.”
Pedestrians and Bikers