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How many pedestrians die in accidents per year?

While many people are familiar with the dangers that drivers, truckers and motorcyclists face when they are involved in a traffic accident, the outcomes can be even more perilous for pedestrians and bikers. In San Diego, and cities across the entire state of California, a devastating number of pedestrians have passed away after being struck by vehicles. If you or your family member regularly jog or walk on the road for any reason, it may be helpful to know just how common fatal pedestrian accidents are.

Over the course of 2013, more than 4,700 pedestrians died in a traffic accident in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, when a pedestrian takes to the road, their risk of passing away is one-and-a-half times greater than those riding in vehicles, on average. While pedestrian fatalities are devastating, it is also important to remember the scores of pedestrians who suffer a debilitating injury after they are struck by a vehicle. Throughout 2013, emergency rooms treated over 150,000 pedestrians for an injury after they were hit by traffic.

As a pedestrian, you should be especially vigilant at all times. Unfortunately, a large number of fatal pedestrian accidents could have been avoided if drivers would have paid more attention. If you have suffered because of a reckless driver, you should take a look at any options that may be available right away. Sadly, these types of accidents will likely claim a significant number of lives this year and in the years to come.

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