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Pedestrian safety: Keeping safer on the roads

Pedestrians are a vulnerable group of people. They have little protection against a car accident, leaving victims to fight for their lives in many cases. Drivers can keep these people safer by being cautious at intersections and crosswalks, where most people will be crossing the road.

How can you keep safer as a pedestrian?

Start by wearing brighter clothing. Wear retro-reflective items that flash back at the cars if their headlights hit the reflective strip. Carry flashlights when you walk to signal that you're on or near the roadway. This is particularly important in the coming months, when Halloween arrives and Trick-or-Treaters will be out in full force.

How many people suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents?

In the next 24 hours, it's estimated that around 430 pedestrians will be treated for traffic-related injuries. Roughly one of those people will die every two hours. These are preventable accidents in most cases; drivers just need to slow down and be more cautious, and pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings.

Who is most at risk for being involved in a pedestrian accident?

The groups most at risk for being involved in a pedestrian accident are males, teens and young adults. It's actually true that as people age, they become more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident. However, children aren't immune. Walking to school, going out to play and being near roads leads to accidents. One in five traffic deaths involving kids 14 or under are a result of pedestrian accidents.

Anyone can become a victim of a pedestrian accident. Pay attention to the roads and be sure to report dangerous drivers.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Walk This Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety," accessed Sep. 09, 2016

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