Do You Know the Reasons for Most Pedestrian Accidents?
In some cases, all it takes is a break in the weather. Going without a jacket seems to make for a good excuse to head out on foot. By the same token, you may suddenly hear of more pedestrian accidents in warmer weather. Are the two related in the least?
Let’s start with fatalities. According to a news article earlier this year, more than 600 people died in New Jersey traffic accidents in 2016. Of them, 167 were pedestrians, including some on bicycles. Unfortunately, the numbers are up substantially from prior years.
On a local level, the data seems scarce when it comes to determining if weather factors into pedestrian accidents. Notwithstanding, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has studied the topic extensively. What do they pinpoint as the reasons for most pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
First, location is a primary concern when it comes to pedestrian accidents. And, if you live in Hudson County, you stand a better chance of being hit by a car than if you reside in a rural area. More and more pedestrian accidents occur in cities.
In short, you should take extra caution if you plan on crossing the street in Hoboken, West New York or Jersey City. (Obviously, those are just some of the communities where there are accelerated concerns regarding pedestrian accidents.)
However, some other statistics might surprise you. We mentioned that weather might be a factor. As it stands, more fatal pedestrian accidents occur on Halloween and New Year’s Day than any other time of the year. You can draw your own conclusions considering both holidays.
Since timing is everything, it is also interesting to learn that a significant number of pedestrian accidents happen between 3 and 6 am. Could it have anything to do with the time that bars close down for the night? Or, is there a problem with fatigued drivers?
Although you can most likely guess at the reason for a majority of pedestrian accidents, let’s break some down:
- Inattentiveness on the part of the driver and/or pedestrian
- Failure of the pedestrian or driver to follow traffic signals or signs
- Distracted driving or distracted walking
- Intoxication on the part of the driver or pedestrian
- Improperly lit areas
Without question, it is a devastating experience to become a victim of a pedestrian accident. However, sometimes, it extends beyond the individual who suffered injuries. There are few worse feelings than knowing someone else was hurt as a result of your actions.
We Can Help
Were you or a loved one the victim of a pedestrian accident in Hudson County or the surrounding area? The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone can absolutely assist you with your claim. Please don’t delay and call to see how we can help!