Walking is a great form of exercise, and most of the time it’s perfectly safe. Incidents where pedestrians are hit by automobiles are fairly rare. However, pedestrians are not protected from the results of an accident by all of the safety features and materials that protect people in vehicles. That means that even though pedestrian accidents are fairly rare, pedestrians who are in an accident are more likely to be severely injured or killed than those in vehicles.
A recent study from the National Safety Council looked at 25 of the causes of preventable death in 2017 and found that pedestrian accidents were No. 9 on the list. This puts pedestrian accidents just ahead of motorcycle accidents and just behind gun assault in terms of the number of deaths caused.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact The Khalidi Law Firm for a free consultation. We can guide you through the process and help you get the peace of mind you deserve.
Odds of Dying in a Pedestrian Incident
The study from the National Safety Council found that, as of 2017, the lifetime odds of an individual’s dying from a pedestrian accident were 1 in 556. This puts pedestrian accidents behind heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, suicide, opioid overdose, motor vehicle crashes, falls, and gun assaults.
Safety Tips for Walking
One of the most important tips for pedestrians is to avoid distractions. Distractions while walking can be as dangerous, for you, as distracted driving. Pedestrians should avoid wearing headphones or using cell phones while walking.
We all know how important it is to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. If a pedestrian is in a hurry or not paying attention, it can be easy to skip this important safety process. It’s necessary to be aware of oncoming traffic and do what you can to ensure that oncoming traffic is aware of you. Things like making eye contact with oncoming drivers, wearing bright colors, and always making sure you can see oncoming traffic can have strong positive safety effects.
Children under the age of 10 should never cross the street without being accompanied by an adult. With a strong parental example and good safety habits, their risks as pedestrians will be decreased.
Involved in a Pedestrian Accident? Get Legal Help.
The Khalidi Law Firm has more than 20 years of experience helping injured Tucson pedestrians recover compensation from negligent drivers. If you were seriously injured while crossing the street, contact the Tucson car accident lawyers at The Khalidi Law Firm for a free consultation. Call us or contact us online today.