Whether you like to walk for fun, as a way to get exercise or because it is a more convenient way to get to work or take care of other responsibilities, you need to understand the hazards you could encounter on the road. Every year, far too many pedestrians become seriously hurt due to dangerous road conditions and reckless drivers.
Reviewing data on pedestrian accidents should serve as a reminder of how important it is for those driving and walking on the road to prevent an accident.
Statistics highlight the consequences of pedestrian accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that during 2020, estimates suggest that 104,000 people visited emergency departments due to nonfatal pedestrian accident injuries. In addition, the CDC points out that speeding increases the chances of a pedestrian accident and the severity of injuries a pedestrian suffers during an accident.
In 2020, over 7,000 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents involving vehicles. In 2019, alcohol played a role in 46% of fatal pedestrian accidents.
Preventing and recovering from a pedestrian accident
When walking, try to use a sidewalk or crosswalk when they are available, and consider wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight to help drivers see you at night. Drivers should always look out for pedestrians and cyclists, and exhibit extra caution when driving during poor visibility and at night.
Unfortunately, a negligent driver could leave you seriously hurt while walking no matter how careful you are. If you find yourself injured in a pedestrian accident, gather as much evidence as you can and hold a negligent driver answerable.