NHTSA Works to Raise Awareness About Pedestrian Accidents
Due to its size, speed, and the material it's made of compared to a pedestrian, a car can cause serious injuries even at slow speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), there has been an increase in pedestrian accidents
resulting in death. However, these numbers can be decreased if the following factors and safety strategies are taken into consideration.
The age of the pedestrian can influence the severity of the injury sustained in an accident. According to a Traffic Safety Fact sheet
, car accidents are the leading cause of death in children age four and 11 through 14. Statistics involving elderly people being hit by a car are also high according to the report.
Education goes a long way in the prevention of pedestrian accidents. Parents should monitor children closer around streets to prevent accidents.
Safety strategies for Pedestrians
Safety strategies for Drivers
- Avoid crossing between cars. Cross at the crosswalk or traffic light instead
- Nighttime can be an invitation for disaster for pedestrians crossing the street. Make sure to wear bright clothing to be easier to be seen by drivers.
- Monitor your speed as increased speeds increase the likelihood that you can get into a car accident or strike a pedestrian
- Never drink and drive. If you are going to have a few drinks, consider taking a cab home or hiring a designated sober driver.
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians walking and riding a bike
The statistics are alarming surrounding pedestrian accidents. One pedestrian is killed every hour in the United States; the NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
are urging caregivers, educators, and others to make use of the pedestrian safety resources available to help reduce the safety risks to pedestrians walking and riding a bike. It is imperative that medical attention is sought first If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident. Secondly, contact
a qualified Illinois personal injury attorney.