As a pedestrian, you have full control over every decision you make. Conversely, you still have to concern yourself with negligent drivers, any of whom could cause a serious accident that results in injury or even death.
Below is a list of the most common factors contributing to car-pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted driving: Take, for example, someone who is texting while they approach a busy intersection. If they’re not watching the road, they could neglect to stop at a traffic light or stop sign, thus putting everyone in the crosswalk at risk.
- Speeding: When a driver is speeding, they have less time to react. And with that, there’s a greater chance of an accident.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: Drivers are required by law to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Failing to do so can result in a hefty traffic citation, while also increasing the risk of striking one or more individuals.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol: This type of impairment hinders a person’s ability to practice good judgment. And when that happens, they’re at greater risk of striking a pedestrian or motor vehicle.
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals: Regardless of the road, there are traffic signs, signals and general laws that must be followed. If a driver violates the law, such as by rolling through a stop sign or speeding through a red light, everyone in close proximity is at risk.
The biggest issue with these top causes of pedestrian accidents is that you have no control. There’s nothing you can do to change the way drivers approach the road.
Fortunately, there are things you can personally do to enhance your safety:
- Always cross the street at designated crosswalks
- Don’t cross when a sign says “don’t walk”
- Look both ways, twice, before crossing the street
- Make eye contact with drivers
If you’re injured in a car-pedestrian accident, your first order of business is to receive medical treatment. Calling 911 or asking someone to do so on your behalf is the best way to make this happen.
After receiving treatment, look into the many steps you can take to hold the negligent driver responsible for striking you.