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Walk this way: How can pedestrians avoid accidents and injuries?

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Pedestrian Accidents |

Rising gas prices and environmental concerns have led many Americans, including Indiana residents, to adopt walking and cycling for everyday commutes. These choices benefit the planet and personal health, but pedestrian accident risks remain a significant threat.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the latest data (from 2021) paints a disturbing picture, with 7,388 pedestrians dying in traffic crashes and more than 60,000 suffering injuries throughout the U.S.

Learning more about high-risk pedestrian accident scenarios can improve your safety when walking as well as biking.

When your risk may be the highest

Certain conditions can increase the odds of being involved in a pedestrian accident. For example, NHTSA reports that over 76% of pedestrian accidents occur at night. The reduced visibility of nighttime conditions can substantially increase the danger for drivers and pedestrians alike.

Weekends remain the most dangerous for pedestrian accidents, with Saturday posing the greatest threat. Sundays offer some relief, but caution remains essential.

Locations pedestrians should be wary of

Of course, location can play a role in pedestrian accidents. The data revealed some surprises. For example, contrary to common belief, most pedestrian accidents happen outside designated crosswalks, highlighting the importance of using crosswalks diligently and properly.

Many people believe rural areas that lack sidewalks and pathways are the most dangerous. However, research shows busy city streets present the greatest risk.

Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you can’t escape a reckless or negligent driver. If an accident has already seriously injured you or a loved one, act quickly to obtain the injury compensation you deserve. Having experienced legal guidance can help you make the most of your accident claim.

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