Pedestrians are needlessly killed every day in collisions with vehicles. In 2013, an astounding 4,735 pedestrian deaths occurred in the United States alone – and as pedestrian deaths continue to rise, local and state governments are left scrambling for solutions to combat this ever-growing problem.
Whether you’re a pedestrian or a driver, you have a role in reducing the pedestrian fatality rate.
Drivers need to practice vigilance and expect pedestrians to always be present. According to a Government Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) pedestrian report roadways with more pedestrian exposure have fewer accidents. Why is that the case? It’s simple. An increase in pedestrians creates a habit of anticipating their presence – ultimately reducing the likelihood of an accident.
Although vigilant drivers help decrease fatalities, pedestrians can be held accountable, too. Forty-nine percent of pedestrian fatality collisions include drunk drivers or drunk pedestrians, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), with thirty-four percent of these culprits being pedestrians. It’s clear the driver is not always at fault; taking safety precautions as a pedestrian is just as vital in preventing these tragedies.
Want to find out more shocking facts about pedestrian fatalities? Check out the infographic below.