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Heat-related fatigue and pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents can happen at any time of year, but there are certain times when an accident may be even more probable. For example, many pedestrians take to the road during the summer months for various reasons, from children who have free time due to school being out to people who walk around more often because of the warmer evenings. However, increased pedestrian traffic can also increase the likelihood of an accident occurring and there are certain seasonal factors, such as extreme heat, which can make things worse.

When a pedestrian becomes exhausted while walking in extreme heat, they may be less likely to avoid an oncoming car that has veered off of the roadway. In some cases, they may also cross the road without paying as much attention or accidentally wander onto the road. Extreme heat can also leave drivers feeling fatigued and interfere with their ability to pay attention to pedestrians or avoid an accident when a pedestrian is in their path. For drivers and pedestrians alike, it is important to remain vigilant during the summer months, even when temperatures climb.

Sadly, many pedestrians’ lives have been claimed during the summer months while others have been severely injured. Each pedestrian accident is unique, but some are the result of driver negligence. For example, some drivers operate a vehicle while drunk or become distracted behind the wheel by a cell phone or some other diversion. Our law office has published additional material that is related to pedestrian accidents on our site.

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