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Risks of Pedestrian Accidents

Recommended by doctors, personal trainers, and healthy-living experts, walking is a great way to get exercise and reduce stress. However, people on foot are vulnerable to serious or fatal injuries if struck by a motor vehicle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,376 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2015, which averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours. Furthermore, nearly 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal accident-related injuries that same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than occupants in motor vehicles to be killed in a car accident on each trip.

Elderly pedestrians (ages 65 and older) accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 13 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2015. In addition, one in every five children under the age of 15 were killed in pedestrian-vehicle accidents that same year. Nearly half—48 percent—of collisions which caused pedestrian fatalities involved alcohol.

Walking in the evenings, in urban areas with substantial traffic flow, and crossing at non-designated intersections all puts pedestrians at increased risks. In regard to the motorists involved, drunk driving, distracted driving, and reckless driving behaviors (e.g. speeding, failure to yield, running red lights or stop signs, etc.) are main causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents.

Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

The following are effective ways for pedestrians to avoid being the victim of a car collision:

  • Before crossing an intersection or street, pedestrians should look left, right, and then left again.
  • Pedestrians need to cross a street at a crosswalk and follow crossing signals.
  • Pedestrians must make eye contact with motorists prior to crossing the street
  • Pedestrians need to make themselves visible when crossing (i.e. wear bright colored clothing, cross in lighted areas, or use flashlights).
  • Pedestrians should avoid using their cellphones or other devices to ensure they pay full attention to the road and their surroundings.
  • Pedestrians should avoid walking the street while intoxicated.

The following are effective ways for drivers to avoid striking a pedestrian:

  • Motorists should look out for pedestrians at all times, keeping their eyes on the road and paying attention to their surroundings.
  • Motorists should pay close attention at intersections and be aware of people crossing the street.
  • Motorists should reduce their speed when approaching crosswalks, even if there are no pedestrians initially in sight.
  • Motorists should avoid multi-tasking and other distractions while driving.
  • Motorists should drive carefully on streets without sidewalks.
  • Motorists should not pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Motorists should not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, our Midland personal injury attorney at Dean Law Firm is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you and your family deserve. With tens of millions of dollars recovered for clients, we understand what it takes to help you make the best recovery from injury possible and obtain the justice you deserve.

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