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Key risk factors in pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians who understand the dangers of walking near traffic may be interested in knowing what they can do to protect themselves. There is no obligation to go out of their way, of course, as drivers carry an obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. All too often, though, this does not happen.

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The first step toward pedestrian safety is identifying the risk factors. A few key ones from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include the following:

  • Urban areas. This is where most deadly pedestrian accidents happen, as opposed to near rural roads.
  • Night. Most fatalities happen after dark, perhaps due to decreased visibility and greater pedestrian traffic after people get out of work, among other factors.
  • Nonintersection locations. This isn't to say pedestrians aren't hit while legally crossing at intersections, but many accidents happen where there are no traffic control signals.
  • Vehicle speed. The faster cars are going, the higher the odds that the person will be killed when hit. Interestingly, higher speeds also show a correlation to the likelihood of a person getting hit at all.
  • Old age. People who were 65 years old and older made up 19 percent of fatalities in one study, and 13 percent of injuries. Those stats come from 2015.
  • Youth. When looking at all accident fatalities for those ages 14 and under, about 20 percent were in pedestrian accidents.
  • Alcohol. In a full 48 percent of fatal cases, either the pedestrian or the driver had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash.

Have you been hit while walking near the road or crossing at an intersection? You may want to look into your rights to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more.

Source: CDC, "Pedestrian Safety," accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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