More than 4,500 pedestrians were killed in collisions with automobiles, trucks, and SUVs in the United States in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person every two hours is the result of this. More than 150,000 individuals were treated for injuries linked to pedestrian-car collisions in the same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than motorists to be killed.
These figures are alarming, and they underscore an essential point: we all need to improve our pedestrian safety. This is especially true when it comes to our most vulnerable citizens. According to the CDC, those over the age of 64 accounted for roughly 20% of all pedestrian fatalities in 2013, while children under the age of 14 accounted for another 20%. The majority of pedestrian accidents occur at night, in cities, and in areas without crosswalks.
It is the duty of drivers to be mindful of pedestrians on the roadways, whether they are crossing, strolling on the side, or stepping out between automobiles. While we can expect that pedestrians will make safe decisions, there are numerous instances where this is not the case. That makes it much more critical for drivers to exercise caution.
Reducing the Chance of Being Involved in a Pedestrian Accident
So, what can we do to lower the chances of a pedestrian accident? To begin with, we must slow down, especially in residential areas and near playgrounds and schools. Wherever people are likely to stroll, such as along fitness trails, commercial centers, or housing complexes or apartment buildings, we should practice extra vigilance. Always drive at a safe pace, avoid distractions, and pay close attention to the road front of you.
Of course, pedestrians should be paying attention to the road as well — but we all know that in an accident between a car and a walker, the pedestrian will suffer the greatest bodily harm. That is why we urge you to take these precautions to decrease your chances of colliding with a walker, jogger, or other pedestrian while driving.
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