Pedestrians make up 22 percent of traffic-related deaths around the world each year, according to report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Representatives from WHO said out of the yearly 1,240,000 global deaths caused by roadway accidents, approximately 270,000 are not in the automobile.

WHO believes the alarming number of pedestrian deaths are a result of increased safety initiatives for drivers, but not for individuals walking on the streets.

The findings also showed that citizens of poverty-stricken countries were more susceptible to traffic-related deaths considering their underdeveloped transportation systems. Traffic death tolls were highest in Africa with 38 percent.

"More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed on the world's roads each week. This is because their needs have been neglected for decades, often in favour of motorised transport," said Mr. Etienne Krug, head of WHO's injury prevention department.

"We need to rethink the way we organise our transport systems to make walking safe and save pedestrian lives."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers safety tips for avoiding a traffic accident when walking, running, biking, or sitting near a roadway.

Although drivers are required to yield to pedestrians, right-of-way accidents clearly still occur, especially near intersections where multiple factors can sway the driver's attention.

When crossing the street remember to look both ways and use designated sidewalks where traffic signs warn drivers of pedestrians in the area.

When walking at night, pedestrians should always carry a flashlight or a reflective vest to make their presence known. If a sidewalk is unavailable near a roadway, walk so that you are facing traffic. This will ensure that you see what is coming towards you.