Unfortunately, no matter the precautions you take as a pedestrian, you may be involved in an accident. Today’s drivers are more distracted than ever, and they may not be vigilant in looking out for walkers and runners.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, in 2012, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the US, with another 76,000 injured. These statistics equate to one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and one pedestrian injury every seven minutes. What’s more, they calculate that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than the passengers of vehicles to be killed in a car crash.
When death is not the result, severe and debilitating injury often is. After all, it is hard to imagine that in a battle between pedestrian and truck—or car or motorcycle— that a pedestrian could win. Thus, significant financial losses to the individuals and families involved are possible and likely.