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Injuries and Deaths To People Traveling By Foot At 10 Year High 






People traveling on foot are regularly hit by cars in the United States. These tragic occurrences can be caused by speeding, faulty road design, or drunk driving and result in serious injuries or even death. These accidents can happen at any time and any place, so it’s important to know how you can reduce your risk of one happening to you.

The most dangerous times for pedestrians.

As a pedestrian accident lawyer, I know the statistics all too well. Fatal accidents where people were traveling by foot were higher in 2021 and 2020 than they have been in 10 years. Because car accidents involving people walking are more likely to occur at night than during the day, drivers need to be more careful and vigilant to keep pedestrians safe. This is also true on Sundays. And depending on the age group you are in, you may be more likely to be involved in an auto-related crash.

Statistically, the most dangerous time of day for pedestrians is between 6 and 9 pm.

Statistics show that the most dangerous time of day for pedestrians across the U.S. is between 6pm and 9pm and the second most dangerous is 9:00pm to 11:59pm. Pedestrians hit by a car are more likely at night because this is when people are going home from work or coming home from socializing. More people on the road at night means more cars, which increases the chance of collisions with pedestrians. In Michigan in 2021, according to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, the time period between 6:00pm and 6:59pm saw the most pedestrian accidents involving cars. This was also true from 2017-2020.

In 2020, pedestrian fatalities increased 3.8 percent from 2019.

The number of pedestrian deaths in the United States has been rising for a number of years. In 2020, there were more than 6,516 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.—more than any year since 2011 and a 3.8 percent increase from 2019. Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 17% of all traffic deaths in 2020.

Pedestrian deaths in Michigan are the highest in 10 years.

Car accident deaths involving people traveling on foot in Michigan hit 183 in 2021, making it the most deadly year for pedestrians since 2012. Cars do not always spot pedestrians at night, especially at night and in dimly lit areas. Motorists frequently do not see pedestrians. To improve pedestrian safety, drivers need to be aware of this possibility and slow down or stop if necessary.

Age matters

In the U.S. in 2020, the age groups with the largest number of pedestrian deaths were: (1) 55-59 years old; (2) 30-34 years old; and (3) 60-64 years old.

In Michigan in 2021, the age groups with the largest number of pedestrian fatalities were: (1) 21-64 years of age; and (2) 65 years of age and older.

Sunday is the most dangerous day for pedestrians.

In Michigan in 2021, Sunday was the day of the week with the most pedestrian deaths caused by car accidents. However, Friday was the most deadly day for pedestrians in 6 of the previous 9 years, from 2012-2020.

Stay alert and help keep yourself safe.

These tragic incidents are a common occurrence, with 6,516 auto crash-related deaths to people walking and 54,769 injuries reported in 2020 alone in the U.S.


Pedestrian safety is something we should all be concerned about, whether we’re pedestrians ourselves or drivers or cyclists sharing the road with them. It doesn’t matter how careful you think you are; everyone can make a mistake at any time when they’re on foot or behind the wheel of their car.

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