Everyday in the United States 61 children are hit by vehicles. In 2015 nearly 5,000 people died in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes. With mounting safety issues related to pedestrian safety, experts are urging pedestrians to take measures into their own hands by learning what behaviors put them at risk.
The National Safety Council recently published an article, ‘Head up, phone down’, urging all pedestrians, but young people specifically, do begin practicing walking distracted free. In many ways distraction is a norm, a norm that many people don’t realize is extremely dangerous.
The ‘Head up, phone down’ article also offers some tips for pedestrians, a refresher course on responsible walking:
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
- Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you
- Don’t wear headphones while walking
- Remember vehicles have blind spots
Distracted pedestrians are not only more likely to be struck by a car, but they are also more likely to sustain fall down injuries, or hurt other pedestrians by walking into them. Learn more about pedestrian safety here.