Nationwide, the number of pedestrian fatalities is increasing year after year. According to the most recent figures, almost 5,000 individuals per year pass away in pedestrian accidents. According to the Governor's Highway Safety Association, pedestrians are involved in over one-fourth of all fatal motor vehicle incidents in California. That exceeds the national average by a wide margin.
Understanding these incidents' causes better and working to prevent them is one of the ways we may try to lower their frequency. Accidents involving pedestrians frequently occur in urban settings, including crosswalks, sidewalks, and streets. Since pedestrians typically have no protection from these collisions, the outcomes are frequently disastrous. Broken bones, spinal cord injuries, catastrophic head injuries, and even death, can result from them.
The most vulnerable groups to the effects of pedestrian accidents are children and the elderly. In fact, scores of kids pass away each year as a result of "backover incidents." Drivers may back over little children without realizing it since some smaller cars might make it difficult to detect if there is a child behind them.
Keep reading to learn about some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Fresno.
The top six reasons why pedestrian accidents occur
The top six most frequent reasons for pedestrian accidents may surprise you.
- Inadequate visibility. This most frequently occurs between twilight and morning or when visibility is reduced by fog, pollution, etc.
- drug or alcohol abuse. Statistics from the Highway Loss Data Institute show that drunk driving was cited in 13% of pedestrian accidents.
- Distractions. Information regarding how risky technology may be when utilized by drivers while they are on the road is widely available. Nevertheless, these mishaps occur every day. The pedestrians themselves are frequently disoriented by technology and at fault for incidents involving pedestrians.
- Quieter vehicles. It used to be pretty simple to hear if an automobile was approaching. Modern electric and hybrid vehicles are frequently very quiet or silent. As a result, one of the crucial indicators that an automobile is approaching is lost.
- Poorly designed roadways. Due to the fact that both the car and the pedestrian are typically scanning separate directions for hazards, left-hand turn accidents are particularly common. Roads that don't provide vision of the next road can also be to blame.
- Pedestrian errors. There are crosswalks and walk signs for a purpose. Pedestrians are seriously risking their lives if they don't follow them.
There are many other ways that pedestrian accidents can occur; these are only six of the more typical ones. We strongly advise you to call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you have been impacted by a pedestrian accident.