Safe Transportation Research & Education Center
Low Income Childhood Pedestrian Injury: Understanding the Disparate Risk
- Author(s): Johnson, Emily
- Geyer, Judy A
- Rai, Nirmeet
- Ragland, David R
- et al.
A leading cause of death and injury to children is being struck by a motor vehicle. A disproportionate number of injured child pedestrians are of low socioeconomic status. The relationship between socioeconomic status and pedestrian injury is poorly understood. The existing literature is limited by the lack of pedestrian exposure data, a common measure of risk, and a clear conceptual framework for the interaction between socioeconomic status and pedestrian injury. Another issue is the limited availability of injury data. This paper proposes a model for understanding child pedestrian exposure and risk and its relationship to socioeconomic status. The analysis also identifies the need for additional data and research, and makes specific policy proposals.