Desiree Thomas, Program Director, Trauma Service, Long Beach Medical Center
On average, one pedestrian dies from injuries received in a traffic crash every two hours.
A pedestrian is any person who travels by walking or similar means, such as jogging, using a wheelchair, walker, skateboard, or rollerblades. Trauma Centers rank pedestrian injuries as one of the top three common injuries that are commonly treated. Pedestrian injuries that are treated most often include:
Pedestrian injury and death can be avoidable. Walking while distracted is becoming a growing problem and is often the reason behind many accidents involving pedestrians. Distracted pedestrians increase their risk for an accident by being less focused on where they are walking and not being fully aware of potential hazards, like oncoming vehicles.
One of the most common distractions for pedestrians is the cell phone. Texting or typing on your cell phone, scrolling through social media, looking at photos, reading your latest news updates — it all takes away from your ability to act fast and navigate traffic both on and off the sidewalk.
Here are some pedestrian safety tips you should practice:
With summer upon us, walking to your destination will be a great way to enjoy the weather and stay active. Make sure you prevent pedestrian injury and even death by staying alert, limiting distractions and practicing pedestrian safety skills.
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