As a pedestrian, you’re always at risk of being involved in an accident. In 2020, over 7,000 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles, and over 100,000 injured pedestrians were seen at the ER.
There are many reasons why these accidents happen – and there are also many things pedestrians can do to stay safer.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents
Distracted driving is a significant problem on today’s roads and is hazardous for pedestrians. When drivers look at their phones or take their eyes off the road for any other reason, they’re more likely to hit pedestrians.
Poor visibility can also lead to accidents, especially at night or in bad weather. If drivers can’t see pedestrians, they’re more likely to hit them. Reckless driving is another major cause of pedestrian accidents. Speeding, running red lights, and failing to yield are all examples of reckless driving. Pedestrians are also at risk of being hit by a car backing up, especially if they are in a crosswalk or blind spot.
- Keep the following tips in mind to stay safe while walking:
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions on your end, such as cell phones or headphones
- Pay attention to traffic patterns and be prepared to move out of the way if a vehicle is coming too close.
- Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street or walking on the road to ensure they see you.
When crossing the street, use marked crosswalks whenever possible and look both ways before stepping into the roadway.
If you have been hit by a car, you may have suffered catastrophic injuries. You will also want to work with someone who can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure you receive fair compensation.