Pedestrian deaths have hit a 40-year high. It’s clear that this country is not safe for people who travel on foot. Even pedestrians who are careful to follow laws can be the victims of accidents.

But what are the common causes of pedestrian accidents? How can you, as a driver or pedestrian, help prevent them? Let’s talk about it.

Read on to learn some of the top causes of pedestrian accidents.

Unmarked Crosswalks:

Did you know that not all crosswalks are clearly marked? While obvious crosswalks with painted stripes are generally safe for pedestrians, unmarked crosswalks are one of the top reasons for pedestrian accidents.

Many drivers are unaware that this type of crosswalk exists, and if they’re not paying attention, they could hit someone who is legally crossing the road.

Make sure you understand your local laws regarding unmarked crosswalks regardless of whether you’re a pedestrian or a driver. 

Left-Hand Turns:

While right-hand turns occasionally result in pedestrian accidents from distracted drivers, left-hand turns are more dangerous.

The driver may not be paying as much attention to the crosswalk because they’re paying more attention to oncoming traffic. They may not notice a pedestrian crossing, even if they’re in the middle of the crosswalk.

As a pedestrian, always double-check before starting to cross the road if you expect left-hand turns.

Pedestrian Negligence :

In some cases, pedestrian negligence is the cause of pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrians don’t always realize that they have to follow rules as well. While they’re not as dangerous as drivers, they can still cause accidents and put themselves (or others) in harm’s way. 

Pedestrians should always use crosswalks. They should pay attention to drivers and avoid distractions (such as cell phones). When possible, they should walk on sidewalks. 

It is difficult to prove pedestrian negligence. If you get into an accident with a pedestrian, it’s best to hire a good personal injury lawyer who knows the law and who can support you.

Distracted or Impaired Drivers:

In most cases, car accidents and pedestrian accidents alike are the results of distracted or impaired drivers. Drivers are responsible for keeping the road safe for everyone. 

Drivers should avoid distractions in their cars. They shouldn’t be on their phones, paying attention to passengers, or eating while driving (especially in areas with a lot of pedestrians, like cities or school zones). Drivers should never get behind the wheel if they’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They are less likely to notice pedestrians if they can’t focus their full attention on the road.

These Are Some Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:

These are just a few of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. As a pedestrian, remember that you should always stay aware of your surroundings, even if you’re following the law. As a driver, always look out for pedestrians even if you don’t expect them.

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