Walking is a great way to get around. However, as a Maryland pedestrian, you have a higher risk of accidents. With fall around the corner, there’s also an increase in pedestrian injuries and deaths.
Pedestrian accidents occur more in the fall
The fall marks a time when the days start to get shorter and there is less daylight compared with spring and summer. This also leads to an increase in pedestrian accidents, which can cause serious injuries or even death. By October, which is also National Pedestrian Safety Month, more pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles.
In 2021, 45 pedestrians were killed and 654 suffered serious injuries after being hit by cars. That marked an increase of nine more deaths compared with 2020.
Why fall is so deadly for pedestrians
Fall is particularly deadly for pedestrians who walk outdoors after dark or in the early morning hours. Out of those killed, these times of day during the season account for 25% of pedestrian accidents. Many accidents involving vehicles striking people out walking occur during rush hour in both the morning and evening. These accidents account for 33% of all pedestrian accidents.
Many pedestrian accidents and deaths occur because drivers fail to yield the right of way. However, sometimes, pedestrians are at fault because they don’t pay attention or fail to cross at the crosswalk.
Staying safe as a pedestrian
While you’re out walking during the fall, remain alert at all times and watch for vehicles. Always look both ways before crossing the street and avoid using earphones or staring at your phone.
Stay in well-lit areas and wear brightly-colored, reflective clothing so drivers can see you in the dark. Avoid walking or crossing the street between parked cars.