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The Danger of Being a Pedestrian

Posted by Mary Ann Gorman | Posted in Personal Injury News

Just because you’re not in a car does not mean you cannot be the victim of a car accident. As a pedestrian, one of the most important things to be aware of while walking, is traffic on the roads. You see cars everyday, but do they see you? One of the most common personal injury cases is car accident cases. One of the most common questions that follows, is “Can I sue after a car accident?

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The Dangers of Being a Pedestrian

You’ve had countless pieces of advice thrown at you about driving safety, and for good reason. But even if you know all about car crashes, what do you know about accidents involving pedestrians?

General Statistics

Unfortunately, strolling down the street can be a victim of a car accident.

  • Every day, on average:
    • 12 pedestrians died in 2010
    • 11 pedestrians died in 2009
    • 12 pedestrians died in 2008
  • Every day, on average:
    • 192 pedestrians were injured in 2010
    • 162 pedestrians were injured in 2009
    • 189 pedestrians were injured in 2008

On each trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than occupants on a passenger vehicle to be killed in a crash.

Number of Pedestrian Fatalities by Year

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
4,280 4,092 4,414 4,699 4,795 4,892
2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
4,675 4,774 4,851 4,901 4,763 4,939


To stay safe, the CDC recommends that pedestrians:

  • Be cautious at intersections where drivers might not yield to pedestrians while turning.
    • In 1,289 instances in 2010 the pedestrian failed to yield and an accident resulted.
    • In 239 instances in 2010 the driver failed to yield and an accident resulted.
  • Use designated crosswalks.
    • If you must walk in the road, walk facing traffic.
    • For pedestrians walking along the roadway with traffic who were involved in crashes in 2010:
      • 317 were hit from behind.
      • 9 were hit from the front.
  • Carry a flashlight and wear retro-reflective clothes when walking at night.

While it’s obvious that drinking and driving is dangerous, pedestrians should watch their alcohol intake, as well.

  • Pedestrians who were fatally injured (and had been drinking):
    • 2010: 1,589
    • 2009: 1,579
    • 2008: 1,736


Drivers aren’t the only ones who need to be alert and cautious. Pedestrians should always be aware of their surroundings and take care when crossing or walking alongside the road.

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