As a pedestrian, you know the risks of walking on or beside the road. This risk goes up as the road gets busier. If a driver loses control of their vehicle, or is involved in an accident, you may get struck and injured. While there are significant risks walking on or near a road during the day, when the sun goes down, these risks increase exponentially.

Common Causes of Nighttime Pedestrian Accidents

It is not just the dark that makes a pedestrian accident more likely at night. Other circumstances can contribute to accidents which result in pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Drunk drivers: Studies have shown that over 50 percent of accidents involving a drunk driver occur between the hours of midnight and 3am.
  • Reduced visibility: Bad street lighting, adverse weather and improper headlights can lead to a driver’s vision being impaired at night. Reduced visibility causes reduced reaction time.
  • Adverse weather: Ice, snow and rain can all limit how far a driver can see and may hinder the control they have of their vehicle.
  • Reaction time: The depth perception a driver has can be hindered at night, which will reduce their reaction time significantly.

If you are going to be a pedestrian at night, you need to take precautions to protect yourself from negligent drivers. Anticipating driver mistakes could help keep you safe. While a driver who runs a red light is going to be at-fault, the injuries that result can be devastating to any pedestrian.

Statistics Related to Nighttime Pedestrian Accidents

It has been estimated that approximately 72 percent of all pedestrian accidents, which result in a serious injury, occur at night and that 78 percent of those take place in an urban area. The total number of pedestrian fatalities in vehicle accidents has increased by approximately 15 percent in the past five years, which many attribute to the rise in cases of distracted driving.

Children are especially at risk of serious injury during a pedestrian accident. According to information from the Centers for Disease Control, one in every five children, aged 14 or under, who were killed in an auto accident was a pedestrian. This means it is imperative that you teach your child street-crossing safety.

Who is At Fault in Pedestrian Accidents?

Many drivers claim they never saw a pedestrian or that they “came out of nowhere” when this type of accident occurs at night. However, this does not mean that the driver who struck the pedestrian is without fault.

Sometimes, the nighttime driver who strikes a pedestrian will flee the scene of the accident. Even if that hit-and-run driver is never located, you may still have a claim worth pursuing through your own insurance company.

If you are injured in a pedestrian accident at night, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Qualified personal injury attorneys, including The Law Offices of Brian Timothy Meyers, offer free consultations. You should take advantage of this available resource before speaking with any insurance company about your pedestrian accident.

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