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Why are pedestrians at risk?

As a pedestrian, it can feel good to travel from one point to the next on your own two feet. It doesn't matter if you are walking to and from work or getting in a run to stay in shape, you are aware of the many benefits.

You must also become familiar with the risks of being a pedestrian. People who travel by foot, regardless of location, are often in close proximity to motor vehicles. This includes passenger cars, motorcycles and trucks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable. The agency also notes that over the next 24 hours, approximately 445 people, on average, will be treated for a "traffic related pedestrian injury." Even more serious is the fact that over the next two hours, at least one person, on average, will die in this type of accident.

In 2012, 76,000 people were injured and 4,743 people were killed in a pedestrian accident. These numbers prove that pedestrians are at risk.

There are many reasons why being a pedestrian is risky, including the fact that they are at a distinct disadvantage when struck by a motor vehicle. The size of the vehicle, combined with the speed, puts the person at risk of serious injury or death.

Furthermore, drivers are not always aware of what is going on around them, which can lead them to strike a pedestrian when they least expect it.

This doesn't mean you should avoid using your feet as a mode of transportation. What it does mean is that you are at risk of being injured, and you should do whatever possible to remain safe. If you are injured, then you may be able to seek compensation for your damages, injuries and losses.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Walk This Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety," accessed April. 15, 2015

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