In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.1 Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.2
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Pedestrians—people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means—are among the most vulnerable users of the road. Whenever you walk to your destination, take steps to stay safe.
Multimedia & Tools You Can Use
- Department of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2010: Pedestrians. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2012 [cited 2013 April 11]. Available from URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811625.PDF.
- Beck LF, Dellinger AM, O’Neil ME. Motor vehicle crash injury rates by mode of travel, United States: Using exposure-based methods to quantify differences. American Journal of Epidemiology 2007;166:212–218
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