Last year, an astonishing 73,000 pedestrians were injured, with more than 4,400 pedestrian deaths each year in the U.S. due to car accidents, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly ¾ of these accidents occurred in an urban setting according to the NHTSA.
A look at statistics compiled by the NHTSA are revealing: One-fifth of the fatalities were sustained by children between the ages of 5 and 9, while the majority of those injured were age 65 or older. Nearly half of all fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the most common time between 8 pm and midnight; about 40% of pedestrian injuries and fatalities involved alcohol use.
What can pedestrians do to protect themselves and their children from potential injury? The U.S. agency Center for Disease Control and Prevention cautions walkers to increase visibility at night by wearing retro-reflective clothing, and carry a lit flashlight, which will serve as a kind of lighthouse, alerting drivers to the presence of a pedestrian.
Walk on the sidewalk if at all possible, rather than the street. If the pedestrian needs to walk in the street, face the traffic, and keep well out of the "line of fire" for a possible speeding car. Also, be extra cautious when crossing busy intersections; follow all traffic rules and directions, don't rush, but exercise caution.
For child-safety, Safe Kids Worldwide encourages parents to find a safe place where children can wait for parents, if the parent for some reason needs to leave the side of the child. Be especially cautious, if driving, when backing out of the driveway, have eyes in the back of your head, and look out of children playing in the immediate vicinity. Beyond this, SafeKids.org encourages parents to accompany young children and hold their hands when walking from one location to other.
For drivers, the Highway Safety Research Center encourages them to drive slowly and to be prepared to stop when entering intersections and crosswalks. Also, it encourages pedestrians to avoid alcohol and to be cautious when walking where there might be potential for an accident. Don't cross the road in non-designated areas. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries as pedestrians by a moving vehicle, know your rights. Injured pedestrians as well as their children and teens are entitled to money damages, and with a low-contingency fee pedestrian accident lawyer in Philadelphia from our firm will fight for the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.
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