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Common factors contributing to pedestrian accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2018 | personal injury

You are a pedestrian more often than you think. This holds true when you’re walking from your car to your office building. It’s also the case when you’re out jogging or bicycling at night.

As a pedestrian, there are times when you’re in close proximity to moving motor vehicles. While this is something you expect, you must realize the risk of being in this position.

There are many factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Distracted driving: When a driver isn’t watching the road and those around them, there’s a greater chance of an accident.
  • Reckless driving: This includes behavior such as speeding, neglecting to use turn signals and illegal passing.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: It may be the law, but it doesn’t mean all drivers will comply.
  • Disregard for traffic conditions: For example, driving during rush hour in a crowded should mean paying special attention to the many pedestrians.
  • Disregard for weather conditions: Everything from rain to snow to ice calls for a different approach to driving.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: This hinders a driver’s ability to make sound decisions.

While these factors commonly contribute to a vehicle-pedestrian accident, there are others that can come into play.

If you’re struck by a motor vehicle, make sure you immediately call for help. Depending on your injuries, you may need to ask someone to call 911 for you.

Once you receive treatment, search around to learn more about the cause of the accident. If the driver acted in a negligent manner, you can hold them responsible for your injuries and other damages.