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Pedestrian Accidents More Deadly For Men, Study Finds

A new study has found that men are twice as likely to die in pedestrian accidents compared to women.

The study, which was published in the online journal Injury Prevention, found that men are involved in more accidents per mile, and when there is a collision men die at roughly twice the rate of women. The study focused on three factors: distance walked, the number of accidents and fatalities per collision.

Although there is not a clear reason as to why men are more likely to die, researchers believe that men are more likely to cross streets with speed limits higher than 50 mph, and are more like to be impaired by alcohol and drugs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2010, and 69 percent of those fatalities were men. On average, a pedestrian is killed every two minutes and 69% of accidents occurred at night.

Florida's pleasant climate encourages walking, biking, and in-line skating - which often puts pedestrians in close proximity to cars and trucks on high-speed roadways in congested, urban environments. Too often, the results are catastrophic for pedestrians. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, our pedestrian fatality rates are among the highest in the nation. In 2010, Florida had 487 pedestrian fatalities.

It is important to remember these tips when you are near or crossing a busy intersection:

•· Don't text or use your phone when crossing the street

•· Don't cross the street while listening to ear phones, or with ear buds in

•· Look both ways and follow the rules of the road.

•· Make sure to make eye contact with a driver before crossing

•· Never assume the driver will stop for you

•· Cross at a crosswalk

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Source: The New York Times, "Pedestrian Accidents More Deadly in Men," Dec. 24, 2012.

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