Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
“I didn’t see them.”
This is the common excuse offered by drivers after hitting and injuring a pedestrian. The reality is, however, that this is often nothing more than an excuse. Drivers have a legal obligation to drive carefully and avoid accidents with other people on the roads, including pedestrians. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation, but you need to contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible.
Despite efforts to the contrary, drivers paying attention to their phones remains a significant problem, especially in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. It is important to note, however, that distractions are not limited to cell phone use – anything that diverts the driver’s attention from the road can result in a pedestrian accident. This includes adjusting the radio, eating or drinking, or dealing with disruptive children or pets.
Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol present a hazard to everyone on the road. They can be especially hazardous to pedestrians in urban areas around closing time when people are leaving bars and restaurants and there is a higher probability of intoxicated drivers being on the road.
Inclement weather can be especially hazardous for pedestrians. Wet, slippery conditions mean that it’s harder for drivers to stop in time, and there may also be reduced visibility. Unfortunately, too many drivers drive too fast for weather conditions.
Drivers who are negotiating busy intersections will be focused on on-coming traffic rather than pedestrians in the crosswalks, particularly if the driver is cutting it too close in trying to make the turn.
Right-turn accidents are perhaps even more common than left-turn accidents. This is because the “turn arrow” is often illuminated at the same time as the walk signal. Drivers may turn too quickly and fail to yield the right of way to the pedestrian in the crosswalk. Another common type of right-turn accident is when the driver fails to stop when making a right turn at a red light.
Construction projects often result in closed sidewalks leaving pedestrians with no safe walkway. They may be forced to walk too close to moving traffic or even be forced out into traffic. In these situations, the construction company may be at fault for inadequate signage or failing to provide an alternative route.
Even with a crosswalk, these roads can be dangerous for pedestrians. Traffic in one lane may stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk while the other lane keeps moving. In addition, the size of the intersection may make it difficult for disabled or older pedestrians to make it all the way across before the light turns.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Contact the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles Today
If you were struck by a car while walking, chances are that it wasn’t your fault and you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses. Contact us today by calling 301-705-5006 for a free case evaluation.