People are especially susceptible to injuries as pedestrians as opposed to drivers because they don’t have a vehicle to defend their bodies. In the US, every year, there are approximately 5, 000 pedestrian accidents that result in fatalities. In Wisconsin alone, there are roughly 50 pedestrians are killed annually with a car that is motorized as a result of an accident. Facts and several statistics are introduced as follows: 1. Pedestrian fatalities account for more ten percent of all motorized vehicle related deaths.2. Greater than 20% of pedestrians who’re killed by a motorized vehicle were lawfully drunkenness and in about 50% of fatalities, the driver or the walking had a measurable blood alcohol level.3.
Older adults of 70 years and older include less than ten percent of individuals, but accounts for nearly 20% of all pedestrian deaths – that the passing rate for this group is the greatest of all ages group.4. The fatality rate for men is that for women. Non fatal injury rate for male pedestrians is 50% higher compared to women.5.70% of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, however, deaths because of pedestrian injuries are a lot higher in rural areas. These fatality rates are caused convenient access to healthcare in rural areas and by driving speeds. The State of Wisconsin requires pedestrians to comply with the principles of the road as auto operators must.
Pedestrians are expected to yield to cars when crossing a road where the cars and if there is no intersections or crosswalk, or when the pedestrian does not have a walk or green signal have a signal. Pedestrians need to also walk on a sidewalk when one is available. If no sidewalk is available, then pedestrians need to walk on and along the left side of a highway, walking towards oncoming traffic. Most pedestrian injuries in Wisconsin involve being hit by a moving car when walking along the sidewalk or crossing the road.
Nevertheless, pedestrian accidents sometimes don’t involve any vehicle and are rather brought on by poor maintenance of roads and pavements including the construction and debris. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has issued the following safety measures for pedestrians walking on or near Wisconsin roads: 1. Be Alert2. Do Not Drink Alcohol and Then Walk3. Take Additional Care When Its Dark Out4. Properly Supervise ChildrenIt is essential for everybody operating a motorized vehicle in Wisconsin to keep in mind that pedestrians have a right to use the sidewalk and street when following the rules of the street. Both pedestrians and drivers must take precautions to avoid pointless collisions and resulting injuries. As a pedestrian, remember to stay inside the crosswalk and comply with the rules of the road.