According to a new study, male pedestrians need to be much more careful than females when walking near traffic.
Research completed at West Virginia School of Public Health confirmed that male pedestrians struck by a vehicle are more than twice as likely to die as opposed to females. A team analyzed three contributing factors relating to pedestrian deaths between 2008-2009 in the United States:
1. The amount of daily walking reported by men and women;
2. The risk of being involved in a collision while walking; and
3. The number of deaths per accident.
Taking these factors into account, it was determined that males were 2.3 times as likely to die when hit by a vehicle. That means that males are more likely to suffer serious injuries resulting in death versus females.
Continued research will examine the factors contributing to the difference in death rates. Possible factors include the amount of risk taken by pedestrians when walking across and along highways and high speed roads, how fast they walk and walking while impaired. These among other factors may contribute to the likelihood of being hit by high-speed vehicles resulting in serious injury and death.
The researchers did find some positive in the data. Lowered speed limits, more sidewalks and increased use of public transportation mean fewer pedestrian deaths in high-risk areas.