With many pedestrians walking on the sidewalks every day, the chances of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian are more likely to happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 70,000 pedestrians are severely injured, and over 4,000 pedestrians are killed in such types of accidents each year in the United States. However, by understanding some of the common factors that lead to pedestrian accidents, you can help prevent them from happening. Read on to learn more about the causes of pedestrian accidents and why you should talk to an Oaks Law Firm attorney.
What are the main causes of pedestrian accidents?
Below are some of the common factors that lead to pedestrian accidents:
- Poorly installed or defective traffic lights
Pedestrians and drivers normally rely on the proper functioning of the traffic lights. If they become defective, they can lead to fatal pedestrian accidents.
- Impatient drivers
Impatient drivers who drive carelessly and do not look out for pedestrians walking in crosswalks usually cause many pedestrian accidents.
- Pedestrian negligence
Pedestrians can also make mistakes such as; failing to use the designated pedestrian walk areas or darting into traffic that can increase the risk of pedestrian accidents.
- Impaired drivers
Drivers who operate their cars while intoxicated pose a severe danger to other road users, especially pedestrians. Impaired drivers usually end up driving through pedestrian sidewalks, causing accidents.
- Harsh weather conditions
Excess rainwater and ice can cause the road to be slippery, making it difficult for vehicles to stop in time to prevent accidents from occurring.
- Multi-lane/ Arterial roads
Such roads often pose a significant danger to pedestrians, as they have to deal with other drivers continuously changing lanes, speed, tailgating, or making unsafe lane changes.
Recklessness by both drivers and pedestrians can also contribute to road accidents.
- Failure to follow traffic laws
Drivers who fail to adhere to traffic laws by making illegal U-turns, overspeeding, and carelessly overtaking can lead to pedestrian accidents.
- Vehicles making left turns
Pedestrians are always at risk of being hit by vehicles turning left because drivers may be mainly focusing on negotiating busy road intersections while looking straight instead of to the left side of the car.
- Road construction
Lastly, road construction is one of the leading factors of pedestrian accidents. This is because road construction can force pedestrians to walk in areas designated for drivers; thus, they end up hitting them.
Do Not Hesitate Call Oaks Law Firm Today!
If you or your loved ones happen to be involved in a pedestrian accident and unfortunately end up with physical injuries. You are legally entitled to file for a settlement or jury award for the losses you have suffered as well as future medical expenses. That said, you will need to hire a well-knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney who will help you file your claim. At Oaks Law Firm, our well-skilled personal injury attorneys will work closely with you when filing your compensation case and ensure you receive the full compensation amount. To schedule an appointment call us at 877-539-5366.