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Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Arizona are Vulnerable to Suffering Serious Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics state that in 2012 over 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. Another 76,000 were injured.

The CDC data indicates that this amounts to one crash related pedestrian death every 2 hours and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.

Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip, according to the CDC.

The most vulnerable victims of pedestrian injuries and deaths include those ages 65 and older.

More than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Arizona traffic laws protect pedestrians and bicyclists however collisions still occur. Drivers are sometimes distracted, and run stop signs or red lights. Motorists who make right or left turns sometimes do not pay proper attention to pedestrians and bicyclists. For example, a collision that is not uncommon is when a driver is pulling out of a driveway, to turn right, and the driver looks left, and turns, without noticing an oncoming pedestrian or a bicyclist on the sidewalk.

Source: Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/Distracted_Driving/index.html

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