As a pedestrian, you may have some reservations about walking, jogging or bicycling in such close proximity to rapidly moving vehicles. Just the same, you may have good reason to find yourself walking around town at various times of the day.
Understanding the top causes of pedestrian-car accidents can help you adjust your approach while about and enhance your safety. Here are the many mistakes drivers often make that can result in an accident:
- Distracted driving: This commonly includes texting or talking on the phone, but can also range from eating to drinking to conversing with passengers.
- Reckless driving: This takes on many forms, such as running a red light, speeding, illegal passing or neglecting to use a turn signal.
- Disregard for traffic conditions: When traffic conditions change, drivers should alter their style and approach to help prevent an accident.
- Driving under the influence: When a driver has alcohol and/or drugs in their system they’re at a greater risk of causing a crash.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians: There are times when pedestrians have the right of way, such as when crossing the road at a crosswalk. This means that all drivers must stop until the person reaches the other side of the road.
Knowledge of the top causes of a pedestrian-car accident can help you watch out for danger. Unfortunately, it’s no guarantee of your safety.
If you’re struck by a motor vehicle, call 911 to request immediate medical assistance and transportation to a local hospital. As time and your health allow, consult with your insurance company, learn more about your legal rights and take steps to seek compensation for your injuries.