Pedestrian Fatalties and Injuries: The Facts
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) more than 5,300 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015. Killed, not injured. To put that number into perspective, a pedestrian dies due to a traffic accident every 1.6 hours in the United States.
In addition to the more than 5,300 fatalities, nearly 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. Those are staggering numbers. Believe it or not, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than someone who is riding in a car to be killed in a fatality car crash.
Leading Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:
- Talking or texting on a cell phone. According to a study done at the University of Utah in 2008, using a cell-phone in any way delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08. (Distraction.gov)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Distracted driving. This could be arguing with a passenger, car full of rowdy children, signs, stopped cars, other accidents.
- Failure to obey traffic laws. Speeding, not coming to a full stop at a stop sign, reckless driving and so on.
Pedestrian Accident Prevention:
Unfortunately there is no list of steps to take in order to absolutely guarantee that a pedestrian accident will not occur. However, if you can exercise common sense, and consider the actions you take in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations, the better off all involved will be. Here are some of the things you can do to minimize your risks for a potentially deadly situation.
- Leave your cell phone alone. If you lack the self control to do so, stick it in your trunk. Is that text, Snapchat, Tweet or like on Facebook worth yours or another persons life?
- Follow all traffic laws, especially in bad weather.
- Keep your environment around you in order. Do not let the actions of others in your vehicle dictate what you are doing or thinking. No fighting kids or dog on the loose please.
- Always use caution when in or around crosswalks, intersections, and be aware of all pedestrians on sidewalks and inside crosswalks.
- Look both directions before you cross the street. It was good advice when you were just a child and it is still god advice today.
- Put you cell phone down. No texting and walking or anything else. Be alert when you are making a crossing and be on the lookout for vehicles of all kind.
- If it is night, always carry a little flashlight or have reflective, light sensitive clothing on. A lot of sneakers and workout clothes have this reflective material on them for this very reason.
- Always use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk at the streets edge and always facing traffic.
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- https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812375. Accessed May 19, 2017.
- http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars. Accessed May 19, 2017.