Anybody traveling by foot is considered a pedestrian. While you may think you are safe, especially if you are on the sidewalk, this is not always true.
Consider this statistic shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Over the next 24 hours, approximately 445 people will be treated for a traffic pedestrian injury. Along with this, within the next two hours, one person will die from injuries suffered in such an accident.
Pedestrians of all ages are at risk of injury or death from a traffic accident. That said, some have a higher risk than others. These include:
- Teens and young adults.
- Male pedestrians.
- Those who are legally drunk.
Fortunately, there are steps pedestrians can take to improve their safety. These include:
- Crossing the street at designated intersections or crosswalks.
- Making sure you are visible to traffic at all times, even during the nighttime hours.
- Walking on a sidewalk when possible. If you can't do so, walk on the shoulder of the road and face traffic.
The risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident should not be enough to keep you from walking, jogging or running. It should, however, show that taking the necessary safety steps is a must.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, such as being struck by a motor vehicle, don't wait to receive medical attention. The sooner you are treated, the better chance you have of avoiding serious injury. Only after you are stable should you look into the finer details of the accident, such as who caused the accident and seeking compensation.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Walk This Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety," accessed Dec. 07, 2015