In the summer months, you’ll likely want to spend as much time outside as possible. Exercising outdoors by taking walks or going on runs is a great way to stay healthy and get fresh air. However, joggers and pedestrians may be at a higher risk of injury due to an outside factor: car accidents.
Pedestrian accident statistics
Statistics show that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in automobile and motor vehicle-related accidents are relatively high. According to the CDC, almost 140,000 pedestrians were injured in 2017, with nearly 6,000 fatalities.
In fact, pedestrians were found to be approximately 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than others. The CDC also stated that most pedestrian deaths caused by car accidents occur in urban areas, in non-intersections and at night.
Safety tips for walkers and runners
There are several ways you can stay safer while exercising outside, including:
- Planning out a route ahead of time
- Letting someone know where you’ll be and when
- Staying on sidewalks and only crossing at crosswalks
- Only running in well-lit areas or during the day
- Avoiding distractions while moving such as texting or playing music too loudly
- Staying vigilant of cars and other motor vehicles
It’s especially important to be aware of traffic during your outdoor activity. Some drivers are not as cautious about pedestrians and joggers and may not take proper safety measures. Keeping aware of your surroundings at all times is important.
Taking these steps can help keep you and others safe while enjoying the warm weather.