A new study from Ohio State University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that if you walk outside for a few minutes, you are more likely than not to be struck by a vehicle, and that walking for a short period is also associated with a higher risk of being struck by one.
The study, which surveyed nearly 7,000 people over two years, was conducted on 1,917 adults and found that walkers who did not get a good walk outside were almost three times as likely to have been struck by cars compared to those who walked outside for several minutes.
The researchers found that people who walked for an hour or more outdoors were nearly three times more likely of being hit by cars than those who didn’t do so.
The study was funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOHS), and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We know that people get hit by people walking around, and we know that if they’re out there, they’re more vulnerable to injury than people who are out there,” Dr. Joseph O’Connell, an occupational safety and health expert at Ohio State and the lead author of the study, said in a press release.
“It seems like walking in the grass or the park, especially if you’re alone, is an inherently risky activity.”
Dr. O’Connor noted that people are walking in areas that are not designed for people to walk, such as parking lots, courtyards and city parks.
This creates the perfect environment for a driver to hit someone, causing a car to slam into someone, he said.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve been struck or not,” he said in the press release, “you’re still going to be hurt.”
According to the study’s findings, a walker who walked to a restaurant in the morning and walked to the same restaurant in a second day was at a higher level of risk of having been struck than a walkers at the same time who walked out the door after eating.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) also has a website that explains how to reduce your risk of getting hit by another car while you walk.
You can read about the research on its website.
Dr. Joseph said that the findings from the study are consistent with a previous study that found people who did some form of aerobic exercise while walking had a 25% lower chance of being run over by a driver.