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Unintentional Pedestrian Injuries - Are You At Risk?

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are on the rise, just last week the Northwest Florida Daily News reports that a 12-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman were injured Tuesday when they were hit by a car while crossing Eglin Parkway. They were crossing in a crosswalk near Ninth Avenue when a vehicle turning south onto Eglin struck them. The crash is under investigation, but Cash said the driver's view might have been obstructed by traffic. The 18-year-old was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The 12-year-old was taken to a Pensacola hospital with head trauma.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to these injured girls and their families. We hope for a speedy recovery.

It is sad that even using a crosswalk cannot insure safety for pedestrians. According to the CDC, in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.

According to a recent report, the times and days pedestrians are most at risk of injury differ from those when they are most at risk of death. Most pedestrian injuries occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a peak time between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is possible that these patterns correspond with specific conditions. For instance, most pedestrian injuries might occur between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. because overall vehicle traffic increases during these hours as drivers commute home from work

Who is most at risk?

· Older adults
Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 9% of all pedestrians injured in 2012.

· Children
In 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

I hope we don't hear of too many more of these type of accidents. I'd like to know what could have impaired this driver's vision of these two young girls.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/Pedestrian_safety/

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