As a pedestrian, you may have some concerns about being in such close proximity to vehicles without any protection. You realize that it only takes one mistake by one driver to cause a serious accident.
One of the best things you can do is understand the top causes of vehicle-pedestrian accidents. When you understand what could go wrong, it's much easier to avoid trouble.
Drivers are expected to exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Even so, this doesn't always happen. Here are some of the many forms of driver negligence that can cause an accident:
- Speeding and other forms of reckless driving
- Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a smartphone
- Disobeying traffic signals or signs, such as red lights
- Failing to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street in a crosswalk
- Failing to signal before making a turn
- Neglecting to take traffic and weather conditions into play when making decisions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy driving, such as the result of a lack of sleep or prescription medication use
These are just a few of the many types of things that can lead to a vehicle-pedestrian accident.
As a pedestrian, you know that you should always be on the lookout for drivers who aren't paying attention and/or following the rules of the road. Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do to keep yourself safe.
If you are part of a vehicle-pedestrian accident, don't wait to call for help. The sooner you receive medical care the greater chance there is that you will recover from all or most of your injuries.
Once you are stable and have the time to do so, look back at the cause of the accident. You may find that driver negligence was the primary cause, which puts you in position to learn more about your legal rights for obtaining compensation for your injuries and other damages.