The Global Burden of Disease study showed traffic crashes as increasing in ranking of the world’s most important health problems. In 1990, the study showed traffic crashes as the ninth most important health problem, predicting it to bump up to the third most important health problem by 2020. Most pedestrian deaths in such traffic crashes do occur in developing countries, rather than in the United States.
However, there is growing awareness for road safety that expands beyond basic motor vehicle safety. It is important that pedestrians avoid jaywalking and follow basic safety precautions. Those crossing the street should use crosswalks and be aware of traffic before stepping out into the street. In addition, those who wish to walk or jog on the street should wear proper reflective gear, stay off the road and run in a predictable manner.
Car accidents involving pedestrians occur frequently at crosswalks. Pedestrians walking distracted, walking against the signal to walk, intoxicated pedestrians.
Then, just as easily at fault, there are car drivers that are not paying attention, are aggressive drivers, are driving through a traffic light when it’s yellow or red.
Some vehicle manufacturers even have crash engineers to develop design principles that protect the vehicle occupants as well as reduce the possibilities of injuries if the driver does strike a pedestrian- re-designing the bumper, hood and windshield to be energy absorbing with losing structural strength.
Facts About Car-Pedestrian Accidents
- Most accidents involve a forward moving vehicle. - A pedestrian usually sustains two impacts, first the car then the ground → most of any fatal injuries occur when the pedestrian collides with the car rather than the ground. - Fatalities mostly result from traumatic head injuries. - Non-fatal injuries mostly include fractures of the femur, tibia and fibula and damage to the ligaments around the knee joint.
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