|Description:||Here we see two traffic signs indicating the intersection of a roadway and a railway, and the higher level of caution motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists need to exercise especially at this type of intersection. The octagonally-shaped familiar red stop sign was placed at the top of the metal sign post, beneath which was a diamond-shaped cautionary yellow railway sign. The railway can be seen at the right running off into the distance, as well as its accompanying gate and overhead flashing warning lights.|
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those age 5-34 in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. The economic impact is also notable: the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.
In 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 69,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.