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Pedestrians are at increased risk during the winter

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Personal Injury |

The residents of South Bend are no strangers to severe winter weather. Winds coming over Lake Michigan can bring several feet of lake-effect snow to dump on the area.

But these Hoosiers are a hearty bunch, and as soon as the storm clears, they are ready to resume their activities.

Pedestrian accidents reach a record high

After declining over the last couple of decades, pedestrian deaths in the United States reached their highest level in 40 years. In 2022, there were over 7600 fatalities, an increase of 77% since 2010.

Crashes involving pedestrians are more likely to be catastrophic due to the vulnerability of a human body compared to a moving vehicle. Pedestrians have no protection against the impact, which often leads to severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures and internal injuries. Even if the crash isn’t fatal, the victim can be left with long-term consequences such as permanent disability and chronic pain.

Almost every state, including Indiana, sees increased crashes involving pedestrians during the winter months. Some contributing factors include:

  • Poor visibility due to shorter daylight hours and overcast skies.
  • Slippery conditions
  • Unsolved sidewalks force pedestrians onto the road
  • Distracted driving due to navigating adverse weather conditions, viewing Christmas lights, etc.

To mitigate these risks, pedestrians should wear appropriate footwear and bright or reflective clothing and take extra care when crossing roads. It’s also crucial for South Bend officials to ensure that sidewalks are kept clear of snow and ice.

Most importantly, motorists have an obligation to pay attention when driving and maintain control of their vehicles at all times, even in inclement weather. If you’re injured by a distracted or negligent motorist, legal guidance can help.