At some point in everyone's lives, they will be pedestrians. Pedestrians, which are defined as those on bicycles, walking or otherwise outside a motor vehicle, are at risk when they're near drivers and heavy vehicles. A simple mistake on a driver's part can lead to pedestrian accidents that can be fatal. Families who lose loved ones in these accidents usually need to make a legal claim for compensation, just like you'll need to if you've been hurt.
Even though everyone is a pedestrian, drivers sometimes aren't careful enough and fail to make decisions that would keep others safe. In the United States, 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2011 were pedestrians; that was a rise of 3 percent from 2010, showing that pedestrian accidents are increasing in number.
One out of every two people killed as a pedestrian are fatally injured on weekends. This is a time when you may be spending more time walking to events or friends' houses, and weekends also make it more likely for vehicles to be traveling. Only 60 percent of pedestrians who were polled said they expect traffic to stop when they're in crosswalks, even though drivers must stop if a pedestrian is crossing the road.
Three out of every four fatalities involving pedestrians take place in urban areas, and around 32 percent took place after 8 p.m. and before midnight. That shows that most accidents are going to take place in the late evenings and on weekends in cities, where more pedestrians are likely to be as traffic becomes congested. The addition of the dark can make it harder to see people crossing the road.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Everyone is a pedestrian," accessed Sep. 17, 2015