In 2008, more than 4,300 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 69,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages one pedestrian death in a crash every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.
Steps for Safety
Whenever you’re walking, keep these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in mind:
Be careful at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
It‘s much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.