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For a pedestrian, there are a number of dangers which may be present on the road. Drunk drivers, those who go over the speed limit intentionally or accidentally and distracted drivers can all pose a serious threat to the safety of pedestrians. Moreover, when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that is much larger, they may be especially likely to lose their life or sustain a massive injury, in comparison to those who are involved in an accident while riding in a vehicle. Many factors can affect how likely a pedestrian is to be hurt or killed in an accident, such as the speed at which the vehicle that struck them was traveling.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published very insightful information on the likelihood of a pedestrian becoming seriously hurt or passing away when they are struck by a vehicle traveling at a certain speed. Data from 2011 shows that when a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle traveling at 20 miles per hour, the chances of the pedestrian becoming seriously hurt or killed was 18 percent. On the other hand, vehicles traveling at 40 miles per hour had a 77 percent chance of causing a pedestrian fatality or serious injury when an accident took place.

For pedestrians, it is crucial to keep an eye out for reckless drivers and do everything possible to avoid an accident. Whether a vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed or a relatively low level of speed, an accident may lead to devastating consequences.

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