Did you know that 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic collisions throughout the United States in 2017? That adds up to a person dying once every 88 minutes.

That statistic is only looking at deaths. If you consider that another 137,000 or more pedestrians were hospitalized for nonfatal crashes, it starts making it much more obvious that pedestrians are at real risk of being hurt or killed when they’re on or around the roads.

What causes the majority of pedestrian crashes?

In around half of all pedestrian crashes, the cause was alcohol intoxication. This might have included a pedestrian or driver who was intoxicated at the time of the collision.

In 17% of crashes leading to fatalities, the driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was at least the legal limit of .08%.

As you can imagine, an injury caused by a car hitting you is going to be devastating. Even at a low speed, you will surely have bruises and could have fractures. At higher speeds, organ damage and other issues may cause you to suffer severely.

Pedestrians should take steps to stay safe when they’re around the roads, including using sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible. Try to wear bright colors, or, if you don’t like them, at least wear something that reflects when light hits it.

It’s no secret that people are dying on the nation’s roads. If you’re involved in a pedestrian collision, you deserve the opportunity to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. It is both the responsibility of pedestrians and drivers to keep the roads safe. If you’re hit, you deserve an opportunity to be heard.