Walking is great for everyone, as it entails many health benefits. However, considering the increasing number of traffic accidents, people walking on streets and sidewalks are at high risk of being involved in an accident and sustaining fatal injuries.
Pedestrian Injury and Death Statistics
Unfortunately, auto accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise in the US. According to a press release published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), an increase of 11 percent has been observed in the number of pedestrian deaths on American roadways as compared to the statistics in 2015. In addition, here are some surprising statistics gathered by the CDC and NHTSA on pedestrian injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents:
- More than 5000 pedestrians become victims of traffic-related accidents that lead to death every year.
- The probability of a pedestrian getting killed in a car accident is 1.5 times higher than a driver or passenger in a vehicle.
- Every day, more than 400 people are rushed to emergency departments for treatment of injuries sustained from a vehicle-pedestrian accident.
- Hit and run accidents make up for 20 percent of total traffic-related accidents that result in pedestrian deaths.
- In 2013, over 150,000 people are treated in emergency departments for non-fatal injuries.
Locations with High Probability of Pedestrian Accidents
Some locations have been rated as more dangerous where the likelihood of getting in a traffic-related accident is high for pedestrians. About 79 percent accidents take place at non-intersections, while 73 percent occur in urban areas. Distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol have been found to be the biggest contributing factors resulting in such accidents.
Another important factor is time of the day. Pedestrians are at high risk of being involved in a vehicle-pedestrian accident when it is dark. The statistics from the CDC show that 72 percent of traffic accidents involving people on foot happen on the weekends between 6p.m. and 3a.m. and on weekdays between 6p.m. and midnight.
How Pedestrians Can Stay Safe on Roads
Here are some useful safety tips for pedestrians that can considerably reduce the chance of being in a traffic accident while walking near roadways:
- Never walk on or near roadways under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Always use designated crosswalks to cross the streets, as well as at intersections.
- Avoid using a cellphone when crossing a road.
- Consider wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight during the nighttime to increase visibility for both yourself and the oncoming traffic.
- Always use a sidewalk for walking. If there is no sidewalk, you should walk on the side of lane in the direction of traffic.
- Since vehicles have blind spots, it is better for you if you stay attentive when walking on a crosswalk.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you can file a personal injury claim to recover damages from the responsible party. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case and get skilled legal counsel. Contact the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. at (847) 395-2200 or online today to schedule your initial consultation.