WHO Releases Pedestrian Safety Manual

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Concerned at a global increase in the number of pedestrians being killed in accidents, the World Health Organization has released a special pedestrian safety manual that is dedicated to pedestrian safety.

Concerned at a global increase in the number of pedestrians being killed in accidents, the World Health Organization has released a special pedestrian safety manual that is dedicated to pedestrian safety.  The manual, Pedestrian Safety: a Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners is focused on educating engineers, policy makers and authorities about how they can help reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 270,000 pedestrian accident fatalities across the world every year.  Those fatalities are caused when people are walking on their way to work, to a place of leisure, to school, to the playground or places of worship.  Most of these accidents are entirely preventable.  Across the world, pedestrians account for approximately 22% of all road accident fatalities.  In this country, pedestrians account for approximately 14% of all traffic accident fatalities.

The World Health Organization report warns against assuming that the risk of being seriously or fatally injured in an accident is one that comes with the freedom to work anywhere.  These accidents are not inevitable, and are actually preventable in most cases.

There is enough information that pedestrian accident lawyers have about the most serious risks facing pedestrians, including motorist behavior, motives negligence of pedestrian rights, and motorist speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and distracted driving.   There are also other factors that also affect a pedestrian’s risk of being involved in an accident, like better road engineering and road design. Across the world, especially in metropolitan cities, road design tends to focus less on helping keep pedestrians safer, and more on helping motorists drive faster.

The World Health Organization report also focuses on critical automobile design that can help reduce the risk of serious injuries to a pedestrian when he strikes the front of the car.

 

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