NHTSA is Gearing Up for Pedestrian Safety Month in October

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently gearing up for Pedestrian Safety Month in October. The Everyone is a Pedestrian campaign is reminding motorists that just about anybody can be a pedestrian. Whether you commute to work or school on foot or you just get in and out of your car in parking lots and driveways, you’re walking near vehicles at some point during your day.

You don’t have to be actively using a crosswalk to be considered a “pedestrian.” Just about anybody who is walking can be considered a pedestrian. People have been struck by vehicles on sidewalks, in parking lots, in garages, and even in their own driveways.

Pedestrian Crashes by The Numbers

  • In 2019, there were 6,205 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes.
  • An estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2019.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes and injured every seven minutes in crashes in 2019.
  • In 2019, pedestrian deaths accounted for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities.
  • In 2019, 17 percent of the children ages 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Pedestrians Are Everywhere

Reminding motorists that pedestrians are everywhere is also an important part of the safety campaign. Sure, pedestrians can usually be found in crosswalks and on sidewalks, but they can be just about anywhere. Motorists are encouraged to expect the unexpected and always remain vigilant behind the wheel.

Most importantly, put down the cell phone. Distracted driving is hazardous to your own safety and to the safety of those that you share the road with pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to distracted drivers. If you’re not paying attention to the road, you could easily hit a pedestrian or cause some other kind of dangerous collision.

Pedestrian Accidents in Southern California

After any kind of pedestrian accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, and a collision with a vehicle can leave a pedestrian in the hospital, out of work or worse.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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