More people are commuting on foot than ever before, as it is a healthier mode of transportation. They are also running or walking for recreation or exercise. Foot travel is more dangerous today than in the past, as accidents between pedestrians and vehicles have become commonplace. If a pedestrian is involved in an accident, they do not have any protection. Injuries could be severe or deadly if a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle hits them.
According to the CDC, over 5,977 pedestrians were killed in the United States in 2017 due to traffic accidents. That same year, 137,000 additional pedestrians in nonfatal crashes received treatment in emergency rooms. Pedestrians are more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident than in a passenger car.