When are pedestrians most likely to be in an accident?

on February 11, 2014 by George Panagiotopoulos

george picGoing for a walk or run can be relaxing, but it is important to take precautions to stay safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the risk of traveling by foot and being injured is highest:

  • On urban streets. Nearly 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur in congested urban areas like New York City where there are thousands of people traveling on foot and in motor vehicles.
  • At non-intersections. Motorists are more likely to be aware of pedestrians at intersections with crosswalks. Thus, it is understandable that almost 80% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections.
  • At nighttime. Vehicle drivers have a harder time seeing pedestrians when it is dark out. Therefore, the hours between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. are the most dangerous times to be out walking or jogging.
  • For senior citizens. Elderly individuals are slower when crossing the street and they are also more vulnerable to be the victim of a serious injury if hit by a vehicle.
  • For children. Children can be unpredictable, easily distracted and more likely to be unaware of approaching vehicles. Additionally, their small size can make them more difficult to see.

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