People are hitting the streets on foot more often these days. More people are heading to work or the store in an environmentally healthier form of transportation, or they are walking or running for recreation or exercise. Foot travel can be dangerous to pedestrians, however, which is why accidents between pedestrians and vehicles are quite dangerous. Pedestrians don’t have any protection if they become involved in an accident. Injuries can be severe, or could even lead to death when a motorcycle, bus, truck, or car hits them.
In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents in the United States, according to the CDC. An additional 137,000 pedestrians received treatment in emergency rooms for nonfatal crashes in 2017. In fact, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than in a passenger vehicle.