Accidents In Crosswalks
Accidents in crosswalks are also known as “Pedestrian accidents.” Pedestrian accidents are accidents involving any person on foot who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic collision. In 2017 alone, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related collisions. This means that on average a pedestrian is killed in a traffic-related collision every 88 minutes. Pedestrian traffic fatalities account for 16% of all traffic fatalities in 2017.
The causes of these pedestrian accidents are often similar to those involved in vehicle-vehicle accidents. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include drunk driving, sleepy driving, and/or distracted driving. In 2017, alcohol involvement accounted for 47% of all fatal pedestrian accidents.
The injuries in these crashes are often catastrophic due to the nature of a person versus a heavy vehicle. Vehicles have much more weight than a person and the force of impact often results in severe injuries. Some injuries resulting from these types of accidents are back injuries, neck injuries, head trauma, and traumatic brain injuries.
Tips for pedestrian safety:
- When crossing in a marked crosswalk, always keep on the lookout for cars who aren’t paying attention.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones that block out the noises of horns, sirens, etc.
- Avoid using your phone while walking, jogging, bicycling, etc. because it acts to distract you from paying attention to surrounding traffic.
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