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What are some facts about pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrians are always at risk when they're near roads or busy intersections, because they have little protection against the weight and impact of vehicles. In 2013, it was reported that 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes all around the United States; that equates to one crash-related death every two hours.

How many people were hurt in pedestrian accidents in 2013?

With over 150,000 more pedestrians having to be treated in emergency departments for their non-fatal injuries, it's no surprise that so many people are filing claims against dangerous drivers. There are some risk factors to look out for, so you can stay safer on the roads, though.

How can I avoid getting into a pedestrian accident when I'm walking or riding a bike?

Avoiding busy areas or those with higher traffic congestion can help. When cars travel at higher speeds, they can't be stopped as quickly. Remember, as a pedestrian, being hit at 25 mph may be survivable, while being hit by a car traveling at 60 mph is more likely to be fatal. If you can avoid busy intersections where vehicles travel at high speeds or are likely to have negligent or speeding drivers passing through the area, you may be able to stay safer.

Where do most pedestrian deaths take place in the United States?

Most pedestrian deaths happen in urban areas at night, and many taken place away from crosswalks and intersections. That means that you should always use a crosswalk when possible, since drivers are more likely to be aware of these crossing areas.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Pedestrian Safety," accessed May 20, 2016

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