A pedestrian’s risk of an accident is increased by not wearing a reflector tag in the dark, slippery road conditions and alcohol consumption. Each year, there are approximately 35 pedestrian fatalities and 550 injuries in road traffic. One out of six pedestrian victims suffering physical injuries are children. People aged 64 and above are also a high risk group. Nearly two thirds of pedestrian fatalities and nine out of ten injuries occur in densely populated areas.
The pedestrian’s place on the road
Pedestrians must use the pavement or verge when walking on the side of a road. If there is no pavement or verge, pedestrians must use the bicycle path or the side of the road. On roads, pedestrians are primarily recommended to use the left side to have a view of oncoming traffic. Pedestrian crossings should be used for crossing roads whenever possible.
Slipping on icy streets
Slipping is the most common type of pedestrian accident in the winter. People of working age constitute the largest risk group, with approximately half of all pedestrians slipping and falling being under the age of 30. Slipping and falling usually happens in the immediate vicinity of the home. Pedestrian falls are not included in traffic accident statistics.
For pedestrians slipping and falling, the most dangerous street conditions are when an icy surface is covered by dry snow, or when a layer of water forms on ice as it melts.
Slipping can be primarily prevented by pedestrians anticipating hazardous conditions on roads and streets, but the appropriate maintenance of pedestrian walkways is also important.
Wearing footwear that is appropriate for the weather conditions reduces the risk of accidents. When the conditions are particularly slippery, pedestrians are encouraged to wear anti-slip devices. They must have a type examination certificate indicated by a CE label.