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What Are the Most Dangerous Times to Go for a Walk?

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According to Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Accidents can happen at any time and pedestrians are always at risk of getting injured or killed. We often get to hear or read about people who were killed when they were out for a walk. But is there a time when the risks are highest? It looks like there are. Studies have shown that certain times of the days are more dangerous for pedestrians than others. If you are injured by a car while going for a walk, talk to pedestrian accident attorneys for advice on how to file a personal injury claim.

The First Position

Twilight takes the first position for the most dangerous time to go for a walk. This is the period just before it becomes completely dark. Studies have shown that 30% of all pedestrian accidents occur between 6 pm and 8 pm in winter and between 8 pm and 10 pm in summer. A majority of the accidents result in serious injuries or death.

There could be a number of reasons for this. Drivers are often in a hurry to get home after a long day’s work. Many of them may be tired and feeling sleepy. Some may have had a stressful day. Some may be drunk.  Some may be rushing to a party or dinner. Some may not be able to see clearly in the dying light of the day. Any of these could result in them not being able to see a pedestrian until it’s too late.

The First Runner-Up

The prize for the first runner-up goes to daybreak. This is the time of the day when daylight first appears. Studies have shown that nearly 20% of all pedestrian accidents take place between 5 am and 7 am in winter and between 4 am and 6 am in summer. Again, a majority of the victims end up severely injured or dead.

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The reasons for this could include the following. Drivers are often not fully awake and some may still be drowsy. They could be in a hurry to get to work. Some may have had a late night or not have slept well. Some may be in stress after an argument or fight with their spouse. Some may be driving with the sun in their eyes. Some may think it’s the perfect opportunity to see how fast their car can go since the streets are relatively empty. Any of these could result in them mowing down an early morning walker.

The Second Runner-Up

The prize for the second runner-up goes to just after midnight. This is the time when the night is at its darkest. Studies have shown that 10 to 20% pedestrian accidents occur between 12 am and 3 am throughout the year.

The reason for this is obvious. This is the time of the night when bars close and revelers are on the way home. There is a high chance that many of the drivers are drunk, with a few barely able to function much less drive. Some of those who are not drunk could be feeling tired and sleepy. But who could be walking at this time of night? Some of the patrons of the bars themselves. They could be walking to their car or they could be walking home (if they live within walking distance).

There are the timeframes you should avoid being in the streets. But if you do need to go for a morning walk or an evening stroll, then you should take the necessary precautions. Always stay on the sidewalk. Be observant at all times. Watch out for approaching vehicles. Use crosswalks whenever you can. Look left and right before entering a crosswalk. Do not use your cellphone, whether to talk or to text, when walking. Do not wear headphones. Follow the traffic signals and obey all the traffic rules.

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If you did get in an accident despite taking all the precautions, then call pedestrian accident attorneys as soon as you are able to. You can file claims for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

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