In many areas of the country, especially urban areas, walking is a primary mode of transportation in everyday life. Unfortunately, walking can be one of the most dangerous ways to get around.
Pedestrians are not protected by the metal encasing of a vehicle. This means that pedestrians are more likely to experience serious injury and high damages after an impact with a vehicle. In this blog, we take a look at some of the most common pedestrian accident causes and how you can stay safe while out walking.
Distracted driving is perhaps the most common cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers who have put their attention elsewhere are much less likely to notice pedestrians crossing the street or getting into/out of a vehicle.
Either a texting driver or pedestrian is a huge accident risk. Texting pedestrians often walk into the street without waiting for the appropriate signal or without looking at all. Likewise, texting drivers are less likely to notice pedestrians entering the crosswalk.
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Even with signaled crosswalks, left turns often pose a problem for drivers and pedestrians. In fact, three times as many pedestrian accidents occur during left-hand turns compared to right-hand ones. Drivers tend to focus their energy on the intersection rather than those crossing the street.
Failing to Use Crosswalks Correctly
Crosswalks are designated areas for pedestrians to cross busy streets. Most crosswalks are clearly marked and have signals telling pedestrians when it’s most safe to cross. However, failing to adhere to those signals or jaywalking in an unmarked crossing area accounts for many pedestrian accidents.
Alcohol is another leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Impaired pedestrians could walk out into the street in an undesignated area or without checking traffic beforehand. Likewise, impaired drivers are more likely to miss a pedestrian crossing the street.
How to Avoid Accidents
There are no sure fire ways to avoid pedestrian accidents, but common sense plays a huge role. Remember what your parents taught you and never cross the street without looking both ways. Also, be constantly aware of surrounding traffic while in the crosswalk. Avoid texting while walking and be sure to avoid busy streets if alcohol is a part of your evening plans.
If you are a driver, remember that pedestrians always have the right of way and watch carefully for pedestrians at all times while in an intersection or pedestrian-heavy street. In these areas, avoiding distractions is even more imperative to keep both you and others safe.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a pedestrian accident, the Tampa pedestrian accident attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo understand your situation. We are ready to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, so contact us today for a free consultation.