Negligent drivers put every other person on the road at risk, including people who might be walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street. Unfortunately, pedestrians often suffer some of the most severe injuries because they don’t have the same protection as others.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, and you suffer damages, you deserve to seek compensation for your injuries. One of the biggest factors associated with pursuing compensation is proving liability, which includes showing causation. As such, you should know the different causes of pedestrian accidents.
Here are seven causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Left turns
- Disobeying traffic laws
Distractions serve as one of the most common reasons for all accidents, including those involving pedestrians. When a driver is looking at their cell phone, texting while driving, or otherwise distracted, they might not stop when they should. In fact, it takes about 5 seconds to respond to a text and another 10-15 seconds to truly refocus on driving. A lot of things can happen within that time frame.
There’s no telling how a drunk driver may react on the road. A drunk driver can swerve onto the sidewalk or speed through an intersection. If any pedestrians are around, they are at significant risk of catastrophic injuries. When someone is intoxicated, they have reduced decision-making abilities and reaction time, increasing their chances of crashing.
Have you ever seen a driver roll through a stop sign or speed through a red light because they’re impatient? It happens far too often. In the end, it’s most often these drivers who cause severe harm in crashes. Impatience can lead to catastrophic injuries at intersections as pedestrians are crossing the street.
Speeding is one of the biggest contributors to crashes throughout the nation, especially at intersections. Drivers speed through stop signs and traffic lights more often than they should. If pedestrians feel as though they’re safe, they may try to cross the street. A speeding driver is the biggest danger during this time.
Drivers must account for weather conditions when trying to keep others safe on the road. They experience reduced visibility and potentially dangerous conditions. They must slow down and pay close attention to drivers and pedestrians alike. Drivers can cause severe crashes when they don’t account for the weather, and pedestrians can suffer the worst injuries.
Pedestrians are at risk when drivers fail to yield while making a left turn. For instance, if a driver approaches a green light, they must wait for vehicles coming in their direction and pedestrians who have a walk signal. A negligent driver can cause severe harm to pedestrians if they turn too soon.
Disobeying Traffic Laws
Drivers must obey the laws of the road, including stopping at signals, legal crosswalks, stop signs, and more. If the driver doesn’t stop or yield when necessary, they can cause significant harm.
Pedestrians don’t have the same protection as drivers in large vehicles with metal frames. They can suffer lifelong damages because of the impact of a crash. Seeking compensation is crucial to move forward.
At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, we put your needs first. You can work with our Mesa pedestrian accident attorneys to understand your rights and pursue the maximum compensation possible. You can trust that our team cares about you and the results you deserve. We are not afraid of large corporations who may try to limit your compensation, and you can rely on our team to fight in your corner.