Wet conditions increase risk of pedestrian-related car accidents

Both pedestrians and drivers have concerns when traveling, especially in dark or rainy weather. This is the conclusion of a new survey from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), which found that nine out of 10 drivers worry about hitting a pedestrian at night. Pedestrians were similarly concerned with the potentiality of car accidents in these circumstances, with eight out of 10 saying they don't feel safe in dark and wet conditions.

The British Columbia government has joined with police to address this issue and offer tips to help drivers and pedestrians avoid car accidents at night. They say that people should be aware of the dangers and conduct themselves accordingly. The ICBC notes that 43 percent of  accidents involving and injuring pedestrians occur during the rainy months between October and January.

One of the main safety tips they will be promoting is the use of reflective clothing so pedestrians appear more clearly to cars. In order to promote the use of reflective gear, policing volunteers and ICBC representatives will be handing out reflectors and safety tips in areas with a high number of pedestrians. Drivers are also being advised to be extra vigilant through radio ads, especially when looking for pedestrians at crosswalks.

Car accidents involving pedestrians can cause particularly devastating injuries. In British Columbia, an average of 59 pedestrians are killed each year from car accidents. Another 2,500 are injured. Those who have been in an auto-pedestrian accident caused by negligence or recklessness should speak to a lawyer to understand their next steps.

Source: saanichnews.com, "Rain and darkness can be a deadly combination", Oct. 12, 2017

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