It goes without saying that awareness and safety should be a top concern for drivers on the road. With countless distractions, it can be a challenge to stay focused and operate a vehicle with integrity. How often do you take these safety concerns with you as a pedestrian?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 4,735 fatalities among pedestrians involved in car accidents in 2013. Perhaps an even more staggering number is the 150,000 non-fatal injuries reported as a result of the same thing.
The numbers from 2013 aren’t unique. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that almost over 4,000 pedestrians die every year, with more than 70,000 injuries occurring yearly.
Here are a few of the top reasons pedestrians get injured - be sure to look these over and know how you can keep yourself, and your family, safe on the streets.
- Lane Use
A substantial amount of pedestrian accidents result from improper lane usage. With walkers, bikers, and runners on the streets, it’s important to know which side of the road is safe to use.
- Unmarked Crosswalks
It’s easy to not pay attention and simply cross the street wherever feels most convenient. However, intersections pose as a huge threat to pedestrians, especially if they aren’t crossing in a pedestrian identified crosswalk.
- Dark Clothes
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that nearly 50 percent of pedestrian accidents happen on weekends, with 70 percent of those accidents happening at night. It’s important to wear reflective gear and bright clothing when taking an evening stroll.
In a similar study, the IIHS found that substance use is another leading cause of pedestrian accidents. 37 percent of fatally injured pedestrians were found to have a blood alcohol content of at least .08, putting them at a greater risk for injury.
It comes as no surprise that electronics are a large contributor to pedestrian injuries and deaths. With more and more people using cell phones, music devices, cameras, and social media, the level of concentration torn between distractions on a screen and with reality.
As a personal injury and accident law firm, it is our hope to keep you safe and prevent accidents from happening. However, if you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident resulting in injury or death, call Boughter Law Office. Our team will fight for your rights to be heard and get you the compensation you deserve.