Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Pedestrian accidents are accidents involving any person on foot who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic collision. Traffic-related collisions took the lives of 5,977 pedestrians just in 2017. These deaths accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities in that year.
Common causes of these pedestrian accidents often reflect those involved in vehicle-vehicle accidents. Such causes include sleepy driving, distracted driving and drunk driving, Alcohol was involved in 47% of all fatal pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian accidents often involve serious injury or death because the person has no protection from the heavy vehicle. Common injuries resulting from these types of accidents are neck injuries, head trauma, back injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
Tips for pedestrian safety:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones that block out the noises of horns, sirens and traffic.
- Stop at the end of every sidewalk where it intersects with a roadway and look for any oncoming traffic.
- When crossing in a marked crosswalk, always keep on the lookout for cars who aren’t paying attention.
- Avoid using your phone while walking, jogging or bicycling because it distracts you from paying attention to surrounding traffic.
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