As pedestrians, we’re especially vulnerable to injury.
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As pedestrians we’re especially vulnerable to injury. Unlike people in vehicles, we’re not protected by seat belts, airbags and metal.
It’s important to be aware of traffic and surroundings and never assume a driver or rider has seen you.
The speed at which a vehicle is travelling if it hits a pedestrian (the impact speed) determines the severity of the injury and the chances of survival.
In a crash between a car and a pedestrian, there is a 10 per cent risk that a pedestrian will be killed at 30 km/h, 40 per cent risk at 40 km/h, and a 90 per cent risk at 50 km/h1. This is why Queensland has lowered speed limits to better protect pedestrians in school zones and other high pedestrian traffic areas, such as certain Central Business Districts.