Pedestrians always need to be careful when they get close to motor vehicles, but there are certain days that are more dangerous for them than others. Some people may already know that Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians. Kids and teenagers out trick-or-treating on Halloween are at their highest risk of any point during the year for a collision with a motor vehicle.
Halloween is not actually the most dangerous night of the year for adult pedestrians. When are those over the age of 18 at the highest level of risk for a pedestrian crash?
The first day of the year is the most dangerous one for pedestrians
According to an evaluation of pedestrian fatality, you are 1.7 times as likely to die as a pedestrian on New Year’s Day as you are on any other day of the year.
Part of the issue has to do with drunk driving. New Year’s Day is also one of the days when there is the highest risk to encounter a drunk driver on the road. Both fatigue or alcohol abuse could also affect the pedestrian’s ability to walk safely or judge when to cross the road.
If you rely on walking to get everywhere you need to go, you can’t just avoid leaving the house on New Year’s Day. What you can do is prioritize safety by choosing not to walk late at night when visibility is low and partygoers may be headed home. Learning more about your risk for a pedestrian crash can help you stay safer on the California roads.