There’s a common perception that pedestrian accidents increase during the spring months. The increase is thought to be part of a seasonal pattern. Accidents increase steadily from Jan to May and level off from June to Dec. Given the seasonal predictability of these types of accidents, drivers can develop proactive measures to prevent pedestrian accidents throughout the year. Being aware of these accident patterns can improve roadway conditions for pedestrians.
This blog will explore these statistics and possible preventions drivers and pedestrians could take to keep everyone safe this spring.
Understanding the Seasonal Pattern of Pedestrian Accidents
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, pedestrian accidents in the United States show a noticeable upsurge during the spring months. In 2019, May recorded the highest number of pedestrian accidents, followed closely by April and June. Notably, the number of accidents rises from January to May before plateauing from June to December, depicting a clear seasonal pattern rather than a sudden spike in spring. Understanding this seasonal fluctuation could lead to the development of proactive measures and potential legal strategies to prevent pedestrian accidents.
Potential Causes of Pedestrian Fatalities During the Spring
Several factors contribute to the increase in pedestrian accidents during spring. Days become longer, and the weather begins to warm, encouraging people to engage more in outdoor activities like walking.
Spring is the peak season for outdoor events and activities, but pedestrian accidents are also caused by other factors and conditions, such as:
- Daylight Saving Time
- Increased Traffic
- Inexperienced Drivers
- Impaired Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to Obey Traffic Rules
- Fatigued driving
Preventing Pedestrian Accidents in Your Community
The NHTSA also reported 6,205 pedestrian fatalities in 2019 and approximately 76,000 pedestrian injuries nationwide. Drivers and pedestrians both have a responsibility to help promote pedestrian safety.
Here are some essential tips to keep in mind:
- As a pedestrian, wear reflective clothing to increase visibility in the evening hours.
- As a motorist, follow the rules of the road.
- When driving, follow the speed limit and practice defensive driving.
- Proceed with caution when driving; look around for any pedestrians nearby.
- Be cautious when backing up.
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
Contact a May, Rammell, & Wells Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents increase in spring, but the increase is not sudden or unexpected, and it follows a seasonal pattern that reflects increased pedestrian activity, late-night driving, and outdoor events. To reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents, both pedestrians and drivers need to be aware of the increased traffic and distractions during spring months and take steps to stay safe on roadways.
At May, Rammell, & Wells, we advocate for pedestrians' and victims’ rights if they’ve been hit by a motor vehicle. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian-vehicle collision, we work hard to recover maximum compensation for every client. Contact us today at (208) 623-8021 to schedule a consultation.