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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Earlier this week, two Wake County men were struck and killed by motor vehicles within 5 hours. (Read the WRAL report here.) Pedestrian safety is an ongoing concern, but it’s particularly timely in light of these events and considering that summer months bring more pedestrian traffic. It’s crucial that drivers and pedestrians be aware and take caution to protect themselves and others.

Pedestrian accidents are all too common. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, there were over 4,200 pedestrian deaths nationally in 2010 and approximately 70,000 pedestrian injuries. Though these statistics have generally been declining since 1995, the numbers are still staggering – twelve pedestrian deaths per day in 2010. Unfortunately, these numbers are very likely understated, as only a fraction of pedestrian accidents are actually reported to police. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you should notify the police immediately and seek legal guidance.

It’s the responsibility of drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings. Here are some pedestrian safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians to keep in mind:

Tips for Drivers

Tips for Pedestrians

[Source: UNC Highway Safety Research Center]

If you are a parent, pedestrian safety is also an important topic to discuss with your children. Read more about some kid-specific tips here.

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