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Pedestrian Car Accident Statistics Show October Is The Most Dangerous Month

October 2, 2020 by Steven M. Gursten

Pedestrian Car Accident Statistics Show October is The Most Dangerous Month

Pedestrian car accident statistics show that October is the most dangerous month for crashes, injuries and deaths. From 2015 to 2019, the month of October had the highest number of pedestrian-involved automobile crashes and injuries and the highest number of pedestrian deaths.

This explains why October was recently designated “National Pedestrian Safety Month” by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Governors Highway Safety Association on September 29, 2020.

Unfortunately, October is dangerous for everyone when it comes to automobile crashes – whether you are traveling by foot or driving in a car. For the past five years, October has had the highest number of injury-related motor vehicle crashes in Michigan.

October is this Thursday and just around the corner. Our injury attorneys want everyone to be aware of what makes October the most dangerous month so we can all take steps to keep ourselves and our families safe.

Pedestrian car accident statistics show October has highest number of people traveling by foot hit by vehicles

For the last five years, October has been the month with the highest number of people traveling by foot involved in automobile crashes in Michigan. Unfortunately, the number of people walking and hit/ injured by motor vehicles is only increasing each year. The number of people traveling by foot involved in automobile crashes that have occurred in October has jumped by 16% from 2015 to 2019.

Pedestrian car accident statistics show October is highest month for pedestrians injured and killed

Over the last five years, October has had the highest total number of pedestrians injured and killed as a result of pedestrian-involved automobile crashes in Michigan. The chart below shows how that data stacks up.

To learn more, check out CBS Detroit’s interview of Michigan Auto Law attorney Brandon Hewitt for its story on National Pedestrian Safety Month:

Pedestrian car accident statistics show fatal pedestrian crashes in October are high

Between 2015 and 2019, the month of October (tied with August) had the highest total number of fatal pedestrian-involved automobile crashes in Michigan. For the 10-year period between 2010 and 2019, October was tied with November for having the highest total number of fatal crashes involving people traveling by foot.

Pedestrian injury crashes highest in October

Pedestrian car accident statistics show the month of October had the highest total number of people traveling by foot injured in motor vehicle crashes in Michigan between 2015 and 2019.

What Michigan cities are the most dangerous based on pedestrian car accident statistics?

Here are the top ten Michigan cities for injuries and fatalities resulting from these types of crashes for 2015 through 2019:

Not surprisingly, the numbers for injuries and deaths for walkers resulting from automobile crashes are higher in heavily populated Michigan cities with more walkable downtown areas. College towns, such as Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and Kalamazoo also see higher numbers of walkers hit by cars due to more students and walkable college towns.

According to the pedestrian car accident statistics, Detroit has always had the highest number of people traveling by foot hit and injured by motor vehicles. While the addition of street lights has helped to improve safety and visibility and reduce fatalities in the city of Detroit over the past few years, the number of people being hit by cars and injured has remained fairly steady.

Why is October the most dangerous month for these types of crashes?

There are several factors that likely explain why the pedestrian car accident statistics show October being the most dangerous for people traveling by foot:

  • The days are getting shorter and it starts to get dark earlier.
  • More people are out and about at dusk as they take advantage of the last few weeks of nicer Michigan weather.
  • Halloween and many fall events, from college football Saturdays to the many fall festival events lead to more people on the streets. Many of these fall activities also tend to have higher alcohol consumption and thus more impaired drivers behind the wheel and bad judgment among walkers on streets.
  • Ongoing distractions for both drivers and walkers are compounded by the shorter days and limited daylight, further impairing their ability to safely drive and/or walk along or cross streets.

To learn more, please check out our blog post “Car Accidents With Pedestrians: How the New Michigan No-Fault Law Affects Them.”

Need help? Call Michigan Auto Law

If you were walking and have been injured in this type of crash and need help, or would just like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about a related crash, you can call toll free (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation. You can also get help by emailing [email protected] or you can use the chat feature on our Michigan Auto Law website.

(Sources: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts (Data Query Tool and “Pedestrians” Fact Sheets for 2019-2015))

Pedestrian Car Accident Statistics Show October Is The Most Dangerous Month

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