On the road, you need to watch out for many hazards as a pedestrian. Aside from drunk and distracted drivers who fail to follow traffic safety guidelines and look out for others on the road, pedestrian accidents take place for many other reasons. In certain instances, the likelihood of a pedestrian accident is higher.
By reviewing statistics and developing a better understanding of the myriad of risks that pedestrians face, you can decrease the chances of an accident when you are walking near traffic in the future.
When and where do most fatal pedestrian accidents occur?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a majority of fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018 took place at night and in urban areas. During 2018, 74% of deadly pedestrian accidents occurred at non-intersection locations.
You should also review data on the time of day most fatal pedestrian accidents take place, which varies, depending on the season. In the spring and summer of 2018, most deadly pedestrian accidents occurred between 9 and 11:59 PM, but more fatal pedestrian accidents took place between 6 and 8:59 PM during the winter and fall.
How can you lower the chances of a pedestrian accident?
There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your odds of becoming involved in a pedestrian accident. For example, you should wear bright clothing while walking during the day and reflective clothing at night. Walk on a sidewalk or path when you can and cross the road at safe locations, remaining alert.
Sadly, reckless drivers cause accidents regardless of the precautionary measures pedestrians take and you need to look at your options if a careless driver hit you or a loved one.