-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Jan. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Walking is a great way
to get exercise, but it's important to follow certain safety rules
to protect yourself from cars and other hazards, experts say.
On average, more than 460 pedestrians are treated in U.S.
emergency departments every 24 hours for traffic-related injuries,
and one pedestrian dies every two hours, according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, more than
4,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes and another 70,000
Some pedestrians are at higher risk for injury or death from
traffic crashes. Male pedestrians are more likely than females to
be injured or die in a traffic crash, according to a CDC news
release. Pedestrians aged 15 to 29 are more likely than those in
any other age group to be treated in emergency departments for
In 2010, one-third of U.S. pedestrians killed in traffic crashes
were legally drunk, the CDC said.
Child pedestrians are at increased risk of injury or death from
traffic crashes due to their smaller size, inability to judge
vehicle distances and speeds, and their lack of experience with
traffic rules, the CDC notes. Pedestrian deaths account for nearly
one-quarter of traffic deaths among children 14 and younger.
The CDC offered the following safety tips for pedestrians:
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