Pedestrians fatalities are scary, as walkers or runners have little to no protection from oncoming cars. According to recent data, pedestrian fatalities are at an unfortunate 25-year high. As a pedestrian, these are some things you can do to avoid severe injury or death.
Walking after dark
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities happened after dark in 2016. There are a number of factors that could attribute to this statistic including:
- Wearing black/dark clothing: When you do not wear bright or reflective clothing while walking in the dark, the number of driving individuals that may not see you increase exponentially.
- Drunk drivers: Intoxicated drivers are on the road with more frequency after dark. Low reaction time and inability to focus while under the influence increase the risk of not stopping or swerving for a pedestrian in the road.
Many people do not realize that walking while intoxicated is dangerous, much like driving while intoxicated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 percent of pedestrians killed due to car accidents had a .08 or higher BAC. It may be wise to pay for a taxi or rideshare instead of walking home from the bar while under the influence of alcohol.
Eyes glued to the phone
It can be easy to lose yourself scrolling through social media, with headphones in your ears, while you are walking alone. However, it leaves you vulnerable to dangers. When walking, it is important to stay alert, making eye contact with other drivers and surveying traffic. This can help avoid unwanted accidents.