Midwestern autumns tend to be bright, cool and lovely. In these months before winter grips The Windy City and the rest of the Midwest, adults and children alike are taking advantage of the outdoors before they become largely inaccessible due to bitter cold, ice and snow. As a result, you and your family may be walking outdoors more frequently than you usually do. It is important that you understand the risks that you are taking if you choose to walk anywhere near where motor vehicles venture as well.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,000 pedestrians were injured and an additional 4,280 were killed in accidents during 2010 alone. As healthy and enjoyable as walking outdoors may be, it is also dangerous in the U.S. simply because so many roadways have been built primarily for the use of motorists as opposed to pedestrians and cyclists.