At some point, you likely find yourself walking alongside the road. Even if you only walk for a very short distance, you could become involved in a pedestrian accident. Moreover, many people walk long distances on a regular basis, such as those who enjoy getting exercise by going for walks or jogging, as well as those who walk to work.
Sadly, many vehicles strike pedestrians. Reckless drivers cause many pedestrian accidents every year, such as those who are drunk or use their phones behind the wheel. The consequences of pedestrian accidents can shatter the lives of victims and their loved ones.
How many pedestrian accidents occur in Maryland?
According to a fact sheet published on official website of Montgomery County, Maryland, almost 3,000 pedestrians sustain injuries in traffic accidents in Maryland each year. Moreover, these accidents claim the lives of around 100 pedestrians in Maryland on an annual basis. Across the U.S., traffic accidents claim the lives of thousands of pedestrians every year.
When are pedestrian accidents more likely?
It is important to recognize when pedestrian accidents are especially likely. For example, if you are a parent, you should take steps to ensure your child is safe when walking near traffic. Certain occasions, such as Halloween, are especially dangerous. Walking at night or during periods of poor visibility also increases the likelihood of a pedestrian accident.
In the coming years, many pedestrians will sustain injuries and even lose their lives because of negligent drivers. If you suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, look into resources that could aid in your recovery.