Wheelchair-Traffic-Sign-X-W11-9Traveling on the road in your wheelchair may be even more dangerous than you think. Wheelchair-using pedestrians are over a third more likely to be killed by a motor vehicle than nondisabled pedestrians, according to new research published Nov. 17 in the academic online open-access journal BMI Open.

“The thing that I wish people would take more seriously is maintaining sidewalks and thoroughfares in ways that people who use wheelchairs are able to stay off of the roads instead of being forced into roads in places where it’s not safe,” says John Kraemer, lead researcher for the study and a public health epidemiologist at Georgetown University.

The study, conducted by Kraemer and co-author, Dr. Connor Benton, a resident from Georgetown University Hospital, used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis R