Pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached a new high in 2021. It’s estimated that an average of 20 pedestrians are killed every day. And deadly pedestrian accidents are on the rise in California. You’ve probably heard of car accidents caused by distracted driving. But the lesser known distracted walking is a leading cause of pedestrian deaths and injuries.
What is distracted walking?
Distracted walking occurs when pedestrians walk without paying attention to their surroundings. Many pedestrians text, talk and use their phones for other reasons while walking. It’s also common to see pedestrians wearing earbuds while walking. Distractions such as these can cause someone to cross the street without looking or fail to hear a warning.
What time of day is most dangerous for pedestrians?
Pedestrian accidents occur most often between six in the evening and midnight. But pedestrian deaths and injuries are least likely to occur during early morning hours. Also, pedestrian accidents occur most often when a pedestrian is walking at night or trying to cross an intersection.
Is it possible to reduce pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrians and drivers alike can work to prevent pedestrian deaths and injuries. Paying attention behind the wheel and while walking is the best way to prevent accidents. Pedestrians might also want to make eye contact with drivers. And if a driver sees a distracted pedestrian, being extra cautious is worth considering.
Drivers are often urged to avoid driving while intoxicated or driving without a seat belt. But pedestrians have their own set of behaviors to avoid. Most notably, pedestrians can think twice before engaging in distracted walking. That’s the best way to help prevent deadly pedestrian accidents.