In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 70,000 pedestrians were injured in that same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.
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Who Is Most At Risk?
- The Elderly: 19% of pedestrians deaths were of those 65 and older. This age group accounted for 11% of all pedestrians injured in 2010.
- Children: 20% of the children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in a traffic crash were pedestrians.
- Drivers & Pedestrians Who Are Alcohol-Impaired: Alcohol-impairment accounted for 47% of traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. Of the pedestrians involved, 33% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of .08.
How Can Pedestrians Prevent Injury & Death from Motor Vehicle Crashes?
- Cross intersections carefully: drivers may not yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street
- Increase your visibility at night: carry a flashlight when walking or wear reflective clothing
- Cross the street at a designated crosswalk: always cross in the crosswalk so you are walking facing the traffic.
Read the full article at: CDC: Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety