|Authors:||Hanne Beate Sundfør, Torkel Bjørnskau|
|ISBN (digital version):||978-82-480-2107-0|
Full report - in Norwegian only
Single accidents among pedestrians has traditionally received little attention as they are not included in the definition of traffic accidents. The Oslo medical emergency clinic (Oslo legevakt) collected in 2016 data on a total of 6309 pedestrian accidents. A total of 97 percent of these are single accidents. Most accidents are not very serious (minor fracture, concussion, wound injury), but seven percent are serious injuries (complicated fracture, severe head injury). Most injuries are happening where people go the most - on sidewalks and walking areas. In winter, there are more than twice as many pedestrian injuries as in the summer. Most of the injuries in the winter are due to falls on ice and snow. Most injured have fractures or sprains in arms or legs. More women than men are injured as pedestrians, and the difference is increasing with increasing age. Better winter maintenance could significantly reduce the number of pedestrian injuries. The research was financed by the Norwegian Public Road Administration as part of their research program “Better road safety” (BEST).