Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern across the country. With more cities focusing on walkability and central infrastructure, pedestrian accidents may become even more frequent. Understanding some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents can help you become more attentive both as a pedestrian and a driver. Here are some of the most common reasons why pedestrian accidents happen.
Drivers and pedestrians alike are guilty of inattention, which can lead to accidents and injuries. Whether a driver is distracted or trying to beat a light, or a pedestrian is texting as they walk, there is a chance that one of you may not notice the other. It's important that you're attentive to any crossings whether you're a pedestrian or a driver. Avoid distractions as much as possible and remember that crosswalk signals typically work in conjunction with traffic lights, so watch the lights and exercise caution.
The right-of-way laws vary by municipality. You might be unsure about the traffic signals, crosswalks, and right-of-way for pedestrians. As a result, it can be a challenge for you to safely navigate walking or driving. Make sure you watch for any crosswalks, crossing signals, or any other safety features. Not only that, but you also need to watch for jaywalking because that is another common cause of pedestrian accidents.
Areas with blind corners, low visibility, and no sidewalks are common areas for pedestrian accidents to occur. Drivers have little time to react when they see a pedestrian, and pedestrians may have little room to move out of the way. As a result, the close quarters and poor visibility make it more likely for accidents to happen. Avoid walking in dimly lit areas at night, and always monitor the side of the road when you're driving. Especially in areas with blind corners and difficult roadways, this is important.
Intoxicated pedestrians are more likely to step out into the roadway in front of an oncoming car, and they are also vulnerable to accidents, including tripping over the curb and falling into the road. Intoxicated drivers are more likely to overlook a pedestrian or accidentally swerve and cause an accident.
Understanding the common causes of accidents for pedestrians can help you protect yourself whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. The more you understand, the easier it is to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Be attentive when driving, watch for vehicles when walking, and take every possible precaution for safety.
If you need help understanding pedestrian accident law, reach out to a law firm in your area.