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Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise

Published on Oct 25, 2013 at 8:13 am in Pedestrian Accident.

Kentucky Pedestrian AccidentAny time pedestrians are on the road, they can be at risk of collision with a motor vehicle – even when walking in marked crosswalks. There are some precautions pedestrians can take to protect themselves, and to increase their visibility to motorists.

Pedestrian injuries in general are on the rise. Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that after decades of decline, pedestrian-vehicle fatalities have increased. Studies show that pedestrians most at risk are:

  1. Older Adults – Those over 65 comprise almost 20% of pedestrian deaths and 11% of injuries.
  2. Children – Nearly one out of every five children aged five to nine who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
  3. Alcohol Impaired – In accidents involving alcohol impairment for the driver or pedestrian, the pedestrian had an alcohol level above the legal driving limit 33 percent of the time.

New Study Shows Headphones Have Greatly Increased Pedestrian Injuries

Published on Jan 19, 2012 at 8:32 am in Pedestrian Accident.

Dailytech.com reports that a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore shows the dangers of wearing headphones while traveling on two feet. The lead author of the study, Richard Lichenstein, M.D., determined that headphones have caused pedestrians injuries to triple over the last six years. The research team conducted the study by reviewing cases where headphones were involved in serious pedestrian accidents, which either caused injury or death, from car or train crashes from 2004-2011 reports from various organizations and internet databases, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The results of the study revealed:

  • 68% of pedestrians either injured or killed due to wearing headphones were male, and 67% were under the age of 30.
  • In 55% of the headphone-related accidents, the vehicle involved was a train.
  • 29% of the vehicles involved in the accidents used a horn, or other audible warning system, to let the pedestrian know they were there.
  • Almost three-quarters of the headphone-related injuries were fatal.