According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA"), a federal government agency, on average around 4,500 pedestrians were killed per year in traffic crashes in the United States since 2008.
A pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 2 hours and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. You don't need to be a safety expert to understand the depth of the problem.
According to NHTSA, more than 70% of the pedestrians that were killed were males and most fatalities and serious accidents occur between Friday and Sunday. In almost half of all cases, either the driver or the pedestrian were intoxicated.
Most pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings, usually at cross-walks or other street intersections.
Important Safety Reminders
Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations. Given the occurrence of most accidents at intersections, pedestrians need to be exceptionally careful when crossing the street. This means being aware of one's surroundings. If a pedestrian is jogging and has headphones on, it is wise to look both ways and from behind before running into and through an intersection.
Increase visibility at night by using a flashlight or wearing retro-reflective clothing when exercising.
If you choose to run in the street instead of the sidewalk, make sure you're running in the face of traffic. This will ensure that you'll see what's coming towards you.
If you're the victim of a pedestrian accident, you have the same right to sue for injuries sustained as you would if you were driving a car and involved in an accident. Auto insurance policies cover pedestrian accidents. Being the victim of a pedestrian accident can potentially far worse than a run-of-the-mill car accident since the impact of the car on the human body carries with it far greater risk and potential for serious injuries. If you've been the victim of a pedestrian accident, "don't get mad, get legal!"