The Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
In the United States, California, pedestrian injuries and even pedestrian fatalities on vehicular collisions have increased in 2018 by 26% from 2014, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The same report also shows that there were more than 14,000 injured pedestrians in 2018 and almost 75,000 deaths from 2009 to 2018.
Roads are for pedestrians too and their safety is as important as that of the drivers and their passengers. However, these accidents can occur and take precious lives or bring forth severe injuries.
To prevent getting involved in a pedestrian accident in California, make sure to get the appropriate legal help from a Personal Injury Lawyer. Farahi Law Firm has experienced and compassionate pedestrian accident lawyers who are ready to help you in your accident case and obtain adequate compensation for the injuries and pain and suffering you endured.
What are the main causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Whether you walk or run as a means of transport, for leisure, or fitness, you should always prioritize your safety on the road. Because you share the road with cars, buses, and trucks that are made of steel, your body is at risk of sustaining grave and even fatal injuries.
Here are some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents to guide you every time you go out on foot:
1. Alcohol-impaired drivers and pedestrians
Alcohol intoxication is a well-known culprit in many motor vehicle accidents in the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 47% or almost half of the collisions that caused the death of a pedestrian involved alcohol for either or both the driver and the pedestrian. If you have been drinking, do not drive because alcohol impairs your reaction time. Also, do not go for a walk as this impairs judgment in making sure that you cross safely.
2. Walking During the Night
With three-quarters of pedestrian accidents occurring because drivers cannot see pedestrians crossing or walking at night, visibility is sure to be a significant factor for your safety as it can be compromised during nighttime. Streetlights are not enough to light up each corner of the street or the road.
When you walk at night, make sure that you are visible to drivers by wearing bright or reflective clothing or use a bright-colored umbrella when it rains. When you drive at night, make sure that you slow down in busy streets, residential areas, or before approaching crosswalks and making a left turn.
3. Pedestrians Fail to Use the Sidewalk
Even if designated crosswalks are available, some pedestrians risk walking along the roadway. Some of them are not able to use the sidewalk because bicyclists ride on it instead, there’s construction ongoing, there are other obstructions, or there is no proper walkway. When you have no choice due to these reasons, make sure that you are focused as you walk along the shoulder of the highway. Be vigilant and do not get distracted to avoid getting into car accidents.
4. Drivers Making an Unsafe Left Turn
Compared to making a right turn, drivers are more prone to hitting a pedestrian crossing the road when turning left. For the driver, his or her attention is on the traffic signal and the oncoming traffic. For the pedestrians, unawareness is due to looking straight down the crossing instead of looking at both sides for upcoming traffic. That is why you have to make sure that it is safe before and while crossing the street.
5. Pedestrians Distracted by Their Phones
Many drivers are guilty of using their phones while driving. For some, distracted driving has proven to be fatal. Pedestrians, on the one hand, are also less focused while walking on the road when their eyes and full attention are on the phone, music devices, and other electronics.
Lack of focus on your surroundings will prevent you from noticing the oncoming traffic. If the oncoming vehicle is an electric car and you are listening to music, you may fail to hear or notice it. The key is to keep your phone away or to stop to answer a call or look at your phone on the side of the road.
6. Children who Cross the Street Without the Supervision of an Adult
Children below 10 behave differently than adults. Even if you teach them the basic safety tips on the road for kids, they are more likely to be unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars. Encourage them to be alert, keep their phones as they walk the street, and be aware of their surroundings. Drivers should also be careful when driving in residential areas and school zones.
Preventing Pedestrian Accidents is a Two-Way Street
From the causes discussed above, it is clear that both the driver and the pedestrian have significant roles in preventing accidents. They both have to demonstrate basic traffic laws that ensure everyone’s safety on the road. They should bear in mind that the pedestrian is more likely to experience grave injuries as the driver is secured thanks to the enclosed frame of the vehicle.
Injured in an accident? Call a California Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents sadly occur regularly. Sometimes, despite the abundant caution that you practice, we cannot control the unsafe behavior of negligent drivers. In this difficult time, you need the help of the skilled pedestrian accident lawyers of Farahi Law Firm. We are experienced in a wide variety of practice areas, such as:
- Drunk driver accidents
- Running, jogger accidents
- Public transportation accidents
- Pedestrian accidents in crosswalks or at intersections
- Parking lot accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- School zone accidents
If you or your family member or friend has been injured in a pedestrian accident in California, make sure to contact Justin for Justice.
Besides excellent legal representation and obtaining the maximum compensation for the problems a negligent individual might have caused you, our personal injury lawyers will make sure that you get the proper medical care. Call (844) 824 2955 for a free consultation today!