Causes of Pedestrian Accidents Usually Driver-Related
There are around 75,000 pedestrian accidents in the United States each year, including over 4,000 deaths. Most of these accidents are totally preventable. Recently we’ve discussed steps pedestrians can take to be safer while walking, including using sidewalks, avoiding distractors, and crossing in safe places; however, the reality is that many pedestrian accidents are caused by the driver of the vehicle, leaving little room for the pedestrian to avoid the incident.
In most cases, the driver is liable in a pedestrian-car accident. In fact, even when the pedestrian has been negligent and carries some of the blame for an accident, the driver is often also partially at fault. Often, there can be more than one factor playing into a pedestrian-vehicle accident. Some of the more common driver errors causing pedestrian injury include the following:
Inexperienced or New Drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and many other organizations find repeatedly that 16-19 year olds are responsible for more accidents than any other age group, and that two-thirds of all serious crashes involving teenagers are caused by one of three critical errors: failure to appropriately scan for hazards, driving too fast for road conditions, and distracted driving.
Failure to Make A Full Stop at Intersections
The rolling stop may feel like a harmless infraction, but stop signs and traffic signals exist for a reason, namely to force drivers to stop and take full account of their surroundings and fellow drivers before moving forward. Those who do not commit to a full stop may find themselves in the way of another vehicle or may crash into people crossing at the intersection.
Speeding, Driving Under the Influence, and Distracted Driving
These are the big three of car crashes, and they play major roles in all types of car accidents. Pedestrians are even more vulnerable to drivers engaged in one or more of these activities, and their sustained injuries can be far more serious.
U-turns can be dangerous, especially in locations where they are not allowed. U-turns are often illegal in areas where low visibility or speed of traffic prevents the necessary observation for safe turning.
Failure to Follow School Zone Driving Practices
For our purposes, this includes both a failure to heed an individual school’s drop-off and pickup policies and a failure to properly stop for school buses. Each year, there are many pedestrian accidents during the hectic minutes before and after school, as parents fight long lines of cars (often in small neighborhood spaces) in order to get their students to school on time. There also remain far too many cases of cars attempting to drive around school buses while children are disembarking. Though many school zone accidents are minor, accidents involving students leaving buses are often deadly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you with your recovery. We can help determine fault in the accident, as well as work to help secure the compensation you deserve to make a full recovery. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for more details about how we can assist you.