Pedestrian deaths have reached a 30 year high, and drinking or distractions for drivers have clearly contributed to this. One risk, though, is one that many pedestrians have not considered: walking at night is especially dangerous. Knowing the dangers can help you protect yourself from harm and prevent a quiet evening walk from becoming a life-changing accident.

Drunk drivers

Drunk driving limits drivers’ reaction times, inhibits their ability to think clearly and makes them a danger to anyone that they share the road with. Drinking before walking home from the bar can be just as dangerous and limit your ability to protect yourself from reckless drivers. Nearly half of all pedestrian accidents involve alcohol consumption on the part of either the driver or the pedestrian.

Decreased visibility

We rely on streetlights and headlights to help us see at night, but they are not always reliable. Statistics show that three quarters of accidents occur after dark, and it is easy to see how decreased visibility contributes to these collisions.

Dim street lights or unlit stretches of road can force drivers to rely on their headlights, and those headlights may be cloudy. In addition, the dark environment can limit drivers’ depth perception. All of this means that drivers cannot always see pedestrians clearly or react in time once they do see them.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian crash, it is important to consult with a lawyer about your case. They can help you file a claim, hold drivers’ responsible for their part in nighttime pedestrian accidents and ensure that you get the medical care you need.