Imagine a situation in which you’re walking from your office building to your vehicle. You’re paying attention to everything that’s happening around you, when a driver suddenly makes a mistake that causes an accident.
Now, your life is turned upside down, as you’re dealing with serious injuries that could impact you for the rest of your life.
While there is no surefire way to protect against a car-pedestrian accident, knowledge of why these incidents occur can help you avoid trouble. Here are some of the top causes:
- Speeding: This is a particularly big problem in a city setting, as a speeding vehicle doesn’t always have enough time to stop or slow down to avoid an accident with a pedestrian.
- Distracted driving: When a person isn’t paying attention to the road, they won’t see pedestrians. Maybe you’re crossing the street, riding a bicycle or walking on the shoulder because there is no sidewalk. Regardless, you’re at risk anytime a person becomes distracted while driving.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: Pennsylvania state law says that drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, regardless of the circumstances. You expect this to happen, as most people obey the law, but that doesn’t mean it always will. For instance, if a person is distracted while they approach a crosswalk, they may not see it (or you).
- Ignoring weather conditions: Take, for instance, a city street covered in snow and ice. If a driver neglects to slow down and account for the conditions, they could lose control of their vehicle, thus causing an accident.
- Drowsy driving: It’s most common among truckers and those who work the night shift, but anyone could fall asleep at the wheel. And if a person is drowsy or sleeping, they definitely won’t see you and other pedestrians.
Knowing why car-pedestrian accidents happen is half the battle. Unfortunately, you still can’t guarantee your safety.
If you’re injured in this type of accident, call 911 for help and do your best to stabilize your health until paramedics arrive. After you receive treatment and consult with your medical team regarding your prognosis, review the police report, contact your insurance company and make a checklist of things you can do to hold the negligent driver responsible.