It is very important to recognize the risks you face when walking around vehicles, whether you are in a parking lot or walking alongside a busy street. Whether you prefer walking because it is more convenient or you like to save cash or get exercise, you need to realize that negligent drivers pose a serious risk to pedestrians.
Going over statistics on pedestrian injuries and deaths draws attention to the devastating toll of these accidents, and you should do everything in your power to hold a negligent driver accountable if they cause an accident that leaves you hurt.
Data on pedestrian injuries and fatalities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that throughout 2020, 104,000 emergency room visits resulted from nonfatal pedestrian accident injuries. Not only did many pedestrians become hurt, but over 7,000 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents involving vehicles over the course of 2020. When it comes to fatal traffic accidents that occurred during 2020, pedestrians accounted for one out of every six deaths.
Pedestrian safety and accident prevention
The CDC goes over ways you can try to stay safe on the road as a pedestrian, such as using crosswalks and sidewalks when you can and avoiding distractions (such as listening to music) while walking. If you walk at night, you can wear reflective clothing and use a flashlight to help drivers see you.
Sadly, even if you do everything in your power to prevent a pedestrian accident, a careless driver could collide with you. If a drunk, distracted or drowsy driver causes you to become injured as a pedestrian, you deserve justice.