Resuming 7 Things to Know about Pedestrian Accidents (Pt. 1), here are a few more important facts to know about pedestrian accidents in the U.S.
3 – About 3 in every 4 pedestrian accidents take place in an urban setting.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 75 percent of all pedestrian accidents occur in city or in other urban settings (as opposed to in rural settings). While this fact may seem surprising on the surface, the following can help explain why pedestrian accidents are so much more likely to take place in urban areas:
- There are simply more people, pedestrians and vehicles in urban areas, so the incidence of collisions is far higher.
- There are more intersections and street crossings in urban regions, meaning that there are far more places where vehicles and people interact (and where it’s possible for drivers to make mistakes and hit pedestrians).
4 – About 70 percent of all pedestrian accidents occur at nighttime.
Just as pedestrian accidents are far more likely to take place in urban regions, so too are they substantially more likely to occur during nighttime hours (between about 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.). Some of the reasons for this generally include that:
- Visibility at nighttime can be significantly reduced, so motorists have a more difficult time seeing pedestrians at all (especially if pedestrians may be trying to cross roadways outside of designated walkways).
- Roadway conditions can increase the likelihood that pedestrian accidents will occur during the nighttime hours. For instance, when roads lack overhead lighting at night, the chances that pedestrian accidents will occur on these roads can increase significantly.
- Far more drunk driving occurs during the nighttime hours. When motorists are drunk, they are far less likely to notice important visual driving cues – like changing signals or pedestrians – and they are far more likely to have impaired responses (meaning that their impairment prevents them from promptly responding by, for instance, stepping on the brake pedal).
For some final important facts about pedestrian accidents, be sure to look for the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon!
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