Walking is great for everyone, as it entails many health benefits. However, considering the increasing number of traffic accidents, people walking on streets and sidewalks are at high risk of being involved in an accident and sustaining fatal injuries.
Pedestrian Injury and Death Statistics
Unfortunately, auto accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise in the US. According to a press release published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), an increase of 11 percent has been observed in the number of pedestrian deaths on American roadways as compared to the statistics in 2015. In addition, here are some surprising statistics gathered by the CDC and NHTSA on pedestrian injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents:
Locations with High Probability of Pedestrian Accidents
Some locations have been rated as more dangerous where the likelihood of getting in a traffic-related accident is high for pedestrians. About 79 percent accidents take place at non-intersections, while 73 percent occur in urban areas. Distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol have been found to be the biggest contributing factors resulting in such accidents.
Another important factor is time of the day. Pedestrians are at high risk of being involved in a vehicle-pedestrian accident when it is dark. The statistics from the CDC show that 72 percent of traffic accidents involving people on foot happen on the weekends between 6p.m. and 3a.m. and on weekdays between 6p.m. and midnight.
How Pedestrians Can Stay Safe on Roads
Here are some useful safety tips for pedestrians that can considerably reduce the chance of being in a traffic accident while walking near roadways:
If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you can file a personal injury claim to recover damages from the responsible party. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case and get skilled legal counsel. Contact the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. at (847) 395-2200 or online today to schedule your initial consultation.