Pedestrian accidents occur quite frequently, but there are many different reasons why these accidents occur. Most commonly, they occur when a driver neglects to yield to pedestrians' crossing zone. This is often the case because the driver is either in a hurry to get to work or failed to check for oncoming traffic.
Traffic rules such as proper signals and passing distances may have been obeyed, but the driver failed to look both ways before crossing a street. Whatever the reason, it is crucial to identify common causes of pedestrian accidents so that they can be avoided. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you have been injured in this type of accident.
Speeding is perhaps the most frequent cause of a vehicular accident. Unfortunately, this problem can be especially dangerous when it occurs near the sidewalks. On major thoroughfares, traffic signals and sidewalks are clearly posted to indicate the maximum speed limit for a specific type of vehicle, and drivers should observe those signs. However, many drivers simply ignore them and go as fast as they can despite the sign. This often results in severe collisions, and even in some cases, serious injuries.
Another prevalent cause of a vehicular accident is drunk driving. Studies have shown that alcohol is involved in about 30% of all fatal car accidents, including accidents between pedestrians and cars. This is why campaigns have been created to help encourage people to call an Uber, a cab, or a friend if they have been drinking and need to get home.
Dangerous Driving Behavior
Some pedestrian accidents occur because of reckless drivers. These drivers rarely follow the regular rules of the road, frequently changing lanes, swerving left and right, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Unfortunately, this behavior often results in collisions. In addition, many drivers do not always stop or signal when necessary, which also causes collisions.
Other Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many other factors involved in fatal or damaging collisions between vehicles and pedestrians. Some of the other common causes of pedestrian accidents are: being distracted by a cell phone or other electronic device, running a red light, failing to yield, and rear-ending another vehicle.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney for Assistance
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We will take the time to understand your case and find the best legal options to move forward.