4 Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 73% of all pedestrian accidents occur in urban environments. When one takes place the consequences are usually disastrous and that is when you need a lawyer. Most of these accidents are preventable but what are they? 

If you have been a victim of one of these accidents then you could have a case. A pedestrian accident lawyer wants to help you get the compensation you deserve and hopefully help prevent such accidents in the future.

Top 4 Pedestiran Accidents 

Distracted Driving & Texting 

One if not the most common types of pedestrian accidents are due to distracted drivers. Drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road or their surroundings are less likely to notice when pedestrians are crossing the road or getting in or out of their cars. 

It isn’t always the drivers at fault though. Often a texting pedestrian is more likely to walk into the road without waiting for the light or signal. While texting drivers are less likely to notice a pedestrian entering the road. 

Left Hand Turns 

In many cases, the driver is more focused on getting through the intersection than watching out for a person crossing the road. This is why there are more left hand turn accidents than right hand turn accidents. A pedestrian can easily miss a car turning left as well. 

Failing to Use Crosswalks Appropriately

Every year many pedestrians fair to cross a crosswalk appropriately. This can lead to a serious injury as there are signals and marked indications where pedestrians are supposed to cross. Failing to pay attention to these signals is a common reason for many pedestrian accidents. Not only that but drivers who ignore these signals can also lead to an accident. 

Drunk Driving 

One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents is drunk drivers. Accidents that happen with drunk divers take place with the impaired driver doesn’t notice someone crossing the street or getting in or out of their car. However, drunk pedestrians can also cause accidents. These people can wander into traffic or not pay attention to signals and get hit. Due to the nature of alcohol, it lowers how you feel pain as well, which means on the scene you may feel fine but you could be seriously injured and make it worse.