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Pedestrian accidents and weather-related risks

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Auto Accidents

Pedestrians often encounter various weather conditions while walking or crossing the street. While the weather can create beautiful landscapes and enjoyable experiences, it can also pose risks for pedestrians if proper precautions are not taken.

Understanding the potential hazards associated with weather-related accidents is necessary for staying safe on foot.


Rainy weather can create slippery surfaces, increasing the risk of slips, trips and falls for pedestrians. Wet pavement, leaves and debris can make it challenging to maintain balance and traction while walking. It can also cause drivers to lose control. To reduce the risk of accidents in rainy weather, wear appropriate footwear with good traction, walk at a slower pace and be mindful of your surroundings to avoid slippery areas.

Snow and ice present similar hazards for pedestrians, especially in colder climates. Walking on icy sidewalks or snow-covered paths can lead to injuries. It is essential to wear sturdy, non-slip footwear and take small, deliberate steps to navigate icy surfaces safely.

Fog and heat

Foggy weather can reduce visibility for both pedestrians and drivers, increasing the likelihood of accidents. In foggy conditions, it is necessary to wear bright or reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to others. Use crosswalks and designated pedestrian pathways, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to ensure they see you. Hot weather can also pose risks for pedestrians, such as heat exhaustion and dehydration. To stay safe in hot weather, wear lightweight, breathable clothing, stay hydrated and take breaks to avoid overheating.

Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that pedestrians made up one out of every six traffic accident fatalities during 2021. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings, follow traffic laws and prioritize safety when navigating different weather conditions as a pedestrian. Stay safe and enjoy your walks, no matter the weather.