The Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics show that October is the most dangerous month for people traveling by foot with the highest number of injuries and deaths. From 2016 to 2020, the month of October had the highest overall number of pedestrian-involved automobile crashes, injury crashes and fatal crashes.
We want everyone to be aware of the Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics what makes October such a dangerous month so we can all take steps to keep ourselves and our families safe. This is why October has been designated “National Pedestrian Safety Month” by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Visit their website for walking tips and national statistics. In addition, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning has a webpage dedicated to pedestrian safety that includes safety tips for both pedestrians and drivers.
From 2016 through 2020, October has been the month with the highest number of overall accident injuries to people traveling by foot in Michigan. These numbers mostly involve people hit by cars.
As I am writing this page, I am also preparing for a trial in January of 2022 involving a pedestrian who was tragically hit and killed by a motorist who wasn’t paying attention – which sadly is how far too many of these cases start. And, typically, the defense lawyers and insurance company are trying to blame the person traveling by foot. There are a number of typical defenses raised to avoid taking responsibility. The key is normally to show through an accident reconstructionist or human factors expert, or both, just how long a car travelling the speed limit with a driver paying attention would have had to see and to avoid the person. This is why hiring an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can be so important in these cases to making sure the family and loved ones are not taken advantage of by an insurance company that wants to blame the accident victim. No one is automatically at fault just for being a person walking down a street who is hit by a car.
Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics show October still dangerous despite reduced travel in 2020
The COVID pandemic-related reduction in traffic in 2020 due to the many people working from home resulted in reductions of 26% in pedestrian-involved auto accidents and 30% pedestrian accident injuries from those crashes from 2019 to 2020.
Total car crashes in 2020 in Michigan were down 21.9% from 2019, which was the lowest level since at least 2010, according to preliminary data from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. This reduction in overall traffic thankfully resulted in a reduction as well in Michigan injury crashes in 2020 that involved people traveling by foot.
Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics show fatal crashes are highest in October
The Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics show that from 2016 through 2020, the month of October had the highest total number of fatal automobile crashes involving people traveling by foot.
Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics show injury crashes are highest in October
October was the month with the most injury crashes involving a person traveling by foot during the five-year period from 2016 to 2020.
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 2016 through 2020:
(Source: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts website)
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, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo also see higher numbers of walkers injured by cars due to more students and walkable college towns.
According to the Michigan pedestrian car accident statistics, Detroit has always had the highest number of people traveling by foot injured or killed by motor vehicles. While the addition of street lights has helped to improve safety and visibility and reduce fatalities in Detroit over the past few years, the city still has a significantly higher number of these types of accidents compared to any other in the state.
Why is October so dangerous for people walking?
There are several factors that likely explain why the Michigan 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.
Were you hit by a vehicle while walking? Michigan Auto Law can help
If you were hit by a car while you were walking across the street or on a sidewalk, you can call us toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will answer your questions about your legal rights to pain and suffering compensation, economic damages, auto No-Fault insurance PIP benefits, and settlements in cases like yours. You can also get help from an experienced injury attorney by visiting our contact page or you can use the chat feature on our website.