If you regularly walk near traffic at night, it is crucial to understand the risks that you face. Whether you have to walk to work, walk to a nearby store or enjoy getting exercise, it is essential to go over the hazards that you face as a pedestrian when it is dark. That said, pedestrians also face many risks in the daytime as well.
Drivers and pedestrians should go over data on these accidents and different times they occur in order to develop a better understanding of this issue and the prevalence of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
Statistics on pedestrian accidents and time of day
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information evaluated data on pedestrian accidents during the day and night. This report states that pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased substantially between 2009 and 2019.
Over the course of this ten-year period, pedestrian deaths during daylight hours went up by 17.6%, while pedestrian deaths at night saw a 63.7% increase. The study also found that pedestrian injuries increased during the day and night during this period.
Pedestrian accidents and streetlights
This study found that when pedestrian accidents take place at night and no street lights are present, the chances of a pedestrian losing his or her life is 2.4 times higher in comparison to pedestrian accidents that occur when a street light is present.
As a pedestrian, you face serious risks during the day as well as the night. If you suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident because of a negligent driver, carefully explore your legal options.