It is essential to understand the risks that pedestrians face, whether you drive or walk near traffic. When accidents occur, the likelihood of pedestrians suffering serious injuries or losing their lives is particularly high. Recognizing pedestrian accident risk factors can help road users avoid these accidents.
From road conditions to traffic congestion and dangerous intersections, many factors play a role in the severity and frequency of pedestrian accidents. Moreover, it is important to take a look at data on pedestrian accidents and lighting, especially if you frequently walk or drive at night.
Statistics on nighttime pedestrian accidents
The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a report on pedestrian accidents and light conditions. The results of this research showed that pedestrian deaths during the night went up by 63.7% between 2009 and 2019, while pedestrian deaths during daylight went up by 17.6%. Data analyzed in the study suggests that pedestrian accidents are taking place more often during the night. Furthermore, the likelihood of a pedestrian fatality was 2.4 times higher for pedestrian accidents that occurred at night when no street lights were present in comparison to accidents with street lights.
Preventing pedestrian accidents at night
Drivers and pedestrians must keep these risks in mind at night. It is pivotal to exercise caution, pedestrians should always look out for vehicles and drivers should remain alert and look for pedestrians. Unfortunately, this can become particularly challenging when lighting is poor.
Some drivers fail to look out for pedestrians at night and at other times, especially when they drive while drunk, drowsy or distracted. Negligent drivers who cause pedestrian accidents resulting in serious injuries or death must face consequences.