Walking is a great form of exercise, but if walkers don’t remember to follow pedestrian safety, it can lead to tragic consequences.
According to the CDC, 4,735 pedestrians were killed by motorists in 2013, and over 150,000 needed emergency medical care for non-life threatening injuries.
The CDC also states that male pedestrians are more likely than females to sustain injuries or die in a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident, and that pedestrians between the ages of 15 and 29 are more likely to need emergency treatment than any other age group.
The next time you’re out for a walk, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Choose a route that’s the most direct and has the fewest street crossings
- Only cross the street at a crosswalk
- Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to make certain you’ve been seen
- Don’t use your phone or other handheld devices as they take your eyes off the road
- If sidewalks aren’t available, walk in the street facing traffic
- Never cross the street from behind obstacles such as trees or parked cars
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing when walking at dawn, dusk, or in the dark
- Avoid alcohol consumption as it will impair your physical reflexes and decision-making skills just like if you were driving
- Never walk in front of a bus unless the driver gives you a clear signal that it’s okay