As a pedestrian, it’s critical to understand the top causes of accidents. A run-in with a motor vehicle has the potential to end in serious injury or even death, as you don’t have anything to protect you.
While a pedestrian-car accident can happen for a variety of reasons, here are some of the most common:
- Distracted driving: If a driver isn’t watching the road and their surroundings, they may not see you. And for that reason, there’s a much greater chance that they’ll strike you.
- Drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians in crosswalks: Even though it’s the law, there are times when drivers do whatever they want. And that means speeding through a crosswalk. If you find yourself in a crosswalk when a driver acts in a negligent manner, your well-being is at risk.
- Crossing the street when you’re told not to: If there’s a “walk” and “don’t walk” signal at an intersection, follow it closely. Don’t ignore it, as doing so means you’re walking into moving traffic.
- Darting into traffic: For example, if you need to cross the street, you’re tempted to do so at your first opportunity. Rather than take this approach, remain patient and wait until you reach a crosswalk. Darting into traffic doesn’t give drivers much time to react.
- Darkness: When walking during the early morning or evening hours, drivers may struggle with reduced visibility. Even with the help of headlights, they may not be able to see you. You can protect against this by wearing bright-colored clothing and/or some type of reflector. It may sound silly, but it could save your life.
A sound understanding of the top causes of pedestrian-car accidents can help you maintain your safety.
If you find yourself injured in this type of crash, call for help as quickly as you can. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need someone else to do so on your behalf.
After you receive treatment, understand your treatment plan and have an idea of your long-term prognosis, revisit the cause of the accident. This may lead you to take legal action against the negligent driver.