This One Month Is The Most Dangerous for Pedestrians in Massachusetts
Most Dangerous Month for Massachusetts Walkers
February is the Most Dangerous Month for Massachusetts Walkers.
Some 27% of fatal crashes involving the death of a pedestrian.
Autumn and early spring are pretty dicey for pedestrians, with November and March ranking high for danger.
The safest month?
June, followed by July and April.
The personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the number of car accidents and pedestrians killed in them between 2017 and 2021.
Some 111 fatal motor vehicle crashes were reported in February in the Baystate.
And that included the death of 31 pedestrians.
“These figures made February the most treacherous month, with 27.93% of these incidents involving a pedestrian fatality,” according to the study. “Autumn and early spring proved to be more dangerous for pedestrians, with both November and March claiming second and third spot on the study. Precisely 27.74% of motor vehicle crashes involved the death of a pedestrian during November. Of the 43 pedestrians killed in fatal crashes, 19 were linked to nighttime incidents.”
Summer is the safest time to walk in Massachusetts. In June, fewer pedestrians die in car crashes – 17 out of 164 accidents from 2017 to 2021. Only about 10.37% of fatal crashes result in pedestrian deaths, the lowest in any month.
July is also a safe month for pedestrians in Massachusetts.
It’s the second safest with 23 pedestrian deaths in fatal crashes, around 14.38% of the total.
April has the lowest pedestrian death rate in fatal crashes. About 16.13% of the crashes result in pedestrian deaths, with 25 people losing their lives in 155 incidents.
A spokesperson for Zinda Law Group commented on the findings: “Evenings during the winter months are some of the most dangerous times to travel as a pedestrian. (Nightime saw More than 70% of pedestrians killed in a fatal crash,” they said in a press release. “If you decide to take a walk in the darker months or during the evening, make sure to wear reflective clothing if possible and travel in well-lit areas. It is vital to always be aware of your surroundings for possible vehicles, removing earphones or reducing the volume of your music to ensure you move as safely as possible.”