Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road because they have little to no barriers of protection in the event of a collision. This is why other road users, such as truck drivers, drivers of private vehicles and cyclists, have the responsibility to be especially cautious when pedestrians are on the road or the sidewalk.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a collision, the fault must first be established so a personal injury claim can be made. The fault will be attributed according to the circumstances. The following are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents.
Crosswalks should be clearly marked so that drivers are aware of the possibility of a pedestrian crossing the street. If crosswalks are not marked, drivers may not be prepared for this eventuality, and they may be unable to reduce their speed in time.
Pedestrians are three times more likely to get hit by a driver turning left than a driver turning right. This is because the driver is likely to be concentrating on the intersection. The pedestrian may be looking the other way to check for oncoming traffic. In this case, the driver will likely be to blame, since their top priority should be looking out for pedestrians.
Drivers who are in a rush can be less focused on watching out for hazards, and more focused on how they can save time. This can lead to negligent driving, and speeding may occur. Drivers should always be thinking about safety, and if they are found to have caused the accident due to negligent behavior, they will be held responsible.
Alcohol use can heavily contribute to any type of car accident. If the driver is over the legal drinking limit for operating a vehicle, they will be more inclined to engage in reckless behavior. Their response times will also be compromised. In addition, if the pedestrian has been drinking, they may not be acting in the interests of safety. They may be jaywalking or not watching for oncoming traffic.
If you have been injured by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you will need to take action to claim the damages that you deserve. You may be able to gain compensation for medical expenses as well as additional damages for the pain and suffering caused.