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The importance of practicing pedestrian safety

In order to lose weight or get into shape, many people are taking to the sidewalks and roadways to walk or run. Unfortunately, many of these people don't realize the importance of being vigilant and extra cautious when it comes to their own safety. Every year, many pedestrians are injured and even killed in unfortunate accidents. You should practice pedestrian safety at all times to ensure your own well-being.

Pedestrians are at a significant risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are some of the most at-risk users of the road. The definition of pedestrians used by the CDC encompasses individuals who travel by foot, stroller, wheelchair, and similar means.

Every day, about 430 people end up in the emergency room of a hospital due to traffic-related pedestrian accidents. About every two hours, one pedestrian will die from traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In 2013, almost 5,000 pedestrians died due to traffic accidents. Another 156,000 pedestrians were treated for their nonfatal injuries at the hospital after traffic accidents. Based on these statistics, it should be no surprise why many are stressing the importance of practicing pedestrian safety.

How to stay safe

Not only is walking a way to get from place to place, but it is also good for your health and the environment. If you walk on roadways, you need to take precautions to keep yourself safe. At crosswalks and intersections, for example, you want to exercise extreme caution. Make yourself more visible if you walk on roadways at night by carrying flashlights and wearing retro-reflective clothing.

Keep a close eye on small children walking with you on roadways. The risk of traffic-related pedestrian injuries is high for young children because they are smaller and less aware of the dangers of traffic. While an adult might be able to move out of the way in time to avoid injury, a young child may not be able to judge the speed and distance of a vehicle as well. Some young children won't even try to get out of the way.

However, keep in mind that trends show that pedestrian death rates are actually positively correlated with age. The older a pedestrian, the more likely he will die from traffic-related pedestrian injuries. Therefore, while you should definitely worry about kids running into traffic, you should watch out for your older children and yourself as well.

If you or a loved one suffered traffic-related pedestrian injuries, you should contact an attorney from Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman. Our skilled attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve, if driver negligence or inattention was the cause of the accident.

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