January 17, 2023

Even today, walking continues to be a popular means of getting from point A to point B in Washington State, especially during the warmer months of the year. However, with the changing seasons, pedestrian accidents can increase or decrease. Understanding how the rate of pedestrian accident changes with the seasons can help you stay safe while walking on the streets.

(Keep in mind that pedestrians are pretty vulnerable on the road, as they don’t have the steel frame of a car or other such enclosed vehicle to protect them in the event of an accident. Regardless of the time of year, pedestrians must exercise caution.


Spring is often associated with warmer weather, which means more people are out and about, including pedestrians. The increase in foot traffic can lead to a higher rate of pedestrian accidents, especially in busy urban areas. To stay safe during spring, be extra cautious when crossing the street, and always use crosswalks and signal lights.


Summer is the peak season for pedestrian accidents. With longer daylight hours, more people are outside, and there is an increased risk of accidents, especially for children out of school. During summer, make sure to wear bright clothing and carry a flashlight if you are walking at night. Additionally, be aware of your surroundings and watch for drivers who may be distracted by their phones or other devices.


Fall is a transition season, with changing weather and shorter daylight hours. Several factors, including the weather and the time of day, influence the risk of pedestrian accidents during fall. On days with inclement weather, such as rain or fog, visibility is reduced, making it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians.

Additionally, shorter daylight hours can increase the risk of accidents during the early morning and late evening. To stay safe during fall, again, wear reflective clothing and keep a flashlight on your person if you’re walking at night or in the early morning.


Winter is the season with the lowest rate of pedestrian accidents. The shorter days and colder weather typically mean fewer people are out and about, reducing the risk of accidents.

However, it is still essential to take precautions during the winter months, especially if you are walking on icy or snowy sidewalks. Wear appropriate footwear, stroll, and be extra cautious when crossing the street.

Contact a Snohomish County Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Even if you’re cautious, there is always a possibility that you may one day be harmed in a pedestrian accident resulting from the negligence of another party.

If this ever happens to you in or around Snohomish County, Washington, consider reviewing your case with Snohomish County pedestrian accident lawyer Kelby Derenick. He’ll evaluate your case, determine if you have grounds to file a compensation claim, and provide aggressive representation if you decide to work with our firm. Contact us online or at (360) 965-8251.

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