Rather than drive the streets of Indiana, you may walk them instead. Doing so is a great way to get in some exercise and save the environment, but being a pedestrian most certainly comes with a degree of risk.

To learn why pedestrian deaths are on the rise, Wired took an in-depth look at the situation. Educate yourself on these common reasons, so you can better avoid becoming a statistic and stay safe.

Better economy

When the local economy is doing well, people are more likely to be out driving and walking to and from work. With more people on the road, on foot and in their cars, there is an increased risk of car crashes and pedestrian accidents.

Driver and pedestrian behaviors

While it is safer to walk home rather than drive after drinking, intoxicated pedestrians can still become a risk to drivers. When you combine intoxicated drivers with intoxicated pedestrians, there is more of a chance of an accident occurring.

Roads not designed for pedestrians

Unfortunately, states do not always optimize every road and street for pedestrians. When they do not, drivers and pedestrians may become confused as to how the flow of traffic, both foot traffic and motor vehicle traffic, should work.

Driver distraction

A lot of modern drivers spend more time looking at their phones than they do looking at the road. When drivers become distracted, pedestrians are at risk. Get into the habit of making eye contact with drivers so you know they see you before crossing the street.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.