Most Dangerous Times to Be a Pedestrian in Washington State

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Data compiled by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission reveals that pedestrian accidents are more likely during certain times of the day, during certain days of the week, and during certain times of the year.

Overview of Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Between the years of 2008 and 2012, there were 332 pedestrian deaths in Washington State. These deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths in the state during that period.

The majority of pedestrians involved in fatal accidents between 2008 and 2012 were males, who accounted for nearly 67 percent of pedestrian deaths. More than half of all pedestrians killed in crashes –51.5 percent—were intoxicated at the time of the collision.

Native Americans were disproportionately involved in fatal pedestrian crashes during this time span. Native Americans represent only two percent of the total population in Washington State but accounted for 8.4 percent of pedestrian deaths.

Most Dangerous Time of Day to Walk

The vast majority of pedestrian accidents occurred after daylight hours. More than two-thirds, or 68.7 percent, of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred when it was dark outside.

The rate of pedestrian fatality was highest from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during October through March, and 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. during April through September.

Most Dangerous Day of Week for Pedestrians

Not surprisingly, pedestrian accidents involving impaired pedestrians were more likely to happen on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday than they were on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Overall, however, fatalities were split fairly evenly between the days of Monday through Thursday and Friday through Sunday.

Ninety-seven impaired pedestrians died on a Friday through Sunday, compared to 74 non-impaired pedestrians Monday through Thursday. This pattern shows that it is more likely for an impaired walker to be struck and killed on the weekend, and it is more likely that a sober walker will be hit during the workweek or school week. Read child pedestrian accident statistics for Washington State parents.

Most Dangerous Time of Year for Pedestrian Fatalities

The majority of pedestrian accidents occurred during the months of October through March. These months accounted for 61 percent of all pedestrian fatalities from 2008 to 2012.

Keep Yourself Safe as a Pedestrian

Regardless of the time of day or time of year, it’s important that you always walk consciously.

  • Pay attention to where you’re going
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Know your route
  • Walk sober


Also, try to choose safe and pedestrian-friendly cities or paths – Seattle has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.

If you are in a pedestrian accident, you should consult with an attorney to be sure that all your medical bills are covered by the liable party. Max Meyers Law PLLC offers free case evaluations. Call 425-399-7000 now.

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