Walking is something many people love to do. Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood or walk as part of your fitness routine, pedestrians are at high risk of being involved in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 6,283 deaths in 2018 involving pedestrians. Knowing the risk factors and hazards to pedestrians can help you stay safe.
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Motorists who drive recklessly or negligently can cause severe injuries if they hit a pedestrian. Some common reasons for pedestrian accidents include:
- Driver is unable to see clearly due to limited visibility under inclement weather conditions.
- Driver fails to use headlights at night.
- Driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Driver is distracted while driving. (texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the radio, etc.)
Pedestrians have the right-of-way, and approaching vehicles must stop and let them pass safely.
Who is Most at Risk?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), adults over 65 and children under the age of 15 are at higher risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. Alcohol-impaired pedestrians are also at a higher risk. Pedestrians can reduce the risk of an accident by:
- Obeying traffic signals, signs, and road rules.
- Walking on sidewalks or paths whenever available.
- Facing traffic while walking if paths or sidewalks are not available.
- Keeping smartphones or other devices tucked away.
- Staying alert and looking for cars coming in every direction — even when a crosswalk signal says it’s okay to go.
- Wearing bright-colored or reflective clothing.
- Always assuming motorists are unable to see you.
How to Handle a Pedestrian Accident
First and foremost, it’s critical that you call 911 to get medical attention as soon as possible — even if you think you have no injuries or that your injuries are minor. If you can, take pictures of the accident scene and get the driver’s contact information. Also, get contact information from any witnesses to your accident. Should you file a pedestrian accident claim, having as much evidence as possible can help your case.
When You Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
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