Pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence. There are many reasons for this, but the most prominent is probably the fact that pedestrian accidents typically happen at intersections. In 2006 alone, there were more than 60,000 pedestrians injured in traffic collisions and quite a number killed.
And it’s not just people on foot who suffer from these types of accidents – drivers can be seriously harmed as well when they collide with pedestrians who have the right-of-way or walk into their path unexpectedly.
Pedestrians must always be mindful of where they are going and what might happen if someone else is driving near them, as well as remember to take precautions such as wearing reflective clothing at night so that drivers can see them better. Here are four things you should know about pedestrian accidents:
Type of Vehicle Affects Severity of Injuries
Many pedestrian accidents involve cars and trucks, which can exert a significant amount of force on people who are hit by them. Different types of vehicles produce varying levels of force – impact with a car or truck’s fender can be as serious as it would be if the pedestrian had been hit by the vehicle’s bumper.
In other words, there is no such thing as a “minor” errant auto collision involving a pedestrian. Since the majority of pedestrians do not have any kind of protection, this type of accident can be fatal if the driver is going at a high speed.
Pedestrian accidents are extremely dangerous because the pedestrian lacks protection, unlike car accident victims who are inside an enclosed vehicle with seatbelts and airbags. People walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street only have their bodies to shield them from injuries. So if they are struck by a large vehicle like a truck, they might suffer serious injuries or even be killed. People walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street only have their bodies to shield them from injury.
What Should You Do After A Pedestrian Accident?
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, call 9-1-1 immediately or find your way to the nearest emergency room. Even if your injuries do not appear to be serious at first glance, they may become life-threatening without prompt medical treatment. After going to the hospital, find out whether there is a police report for the accident.
If there is, ask for a copy and read it carefully. If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed, you should seek the legal services of an attorney as soon as possible. This can be done even before a police report has been filed because the law provides you with a limited amount of time in which to do this.
If there is no police report, you might be able to ask the driver’s insurance company for a copy. This is because their police report may not include all of the details that are important in your case. Insurance companies often do not want to pay out money when their clients have hit pedestrians. They can drag their feet or deny liability even when there is evidence that proves they were at fault. If this happens, you should find a lawyer who can help you get the compensation to which you are entitled under the law.
Who Is At Fault In A Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents can be very complicated and often result in a legal dispute because it is not always clear who is to blame. In many cases, both the driver and the pedestrian share responsibility for the accident because they both may have been negligent.
Drivers can be considered negligent if they fail to follow traffic laws or drive in a manner that is inconsistent with prevailing conditions – such as during winter storms when visibility is reduced.
Drivers could also be found negligent for not taking extra precautions because of the weather or time of day, etc., which might have helped them avoid an accident. Pedestrians, on the other hand, could be held liable if they crossed against a “Don’t Walk” signal or crosswalk signal. They also could be found negligent if they were intoxicated or distracted by their cell phone or some other object.
Pedestrians Have the Right Of Way
All intersections have crosswalks, whether they are marked or unmarked. This is so that pedestrians will not have to travel in the street when it is not safe to do so. A pedestrian is expected to use a marked or unmarked crosswalk when crossing the street at an intersection. When people cross at intersections, they are supposed to use these crosswalks only if the way is clear.
This means that pedestrians may get struck by cars when crossing outside of a crosswalk, depending on what time of day it is and how many other people are using the road. It’s illegal for drivers to hit pedestrians who have the right-of-way in a crosswalk. When people who are not in cars or trucks do this, it is called jaywalking and can result in a ticket from police officers.
The statistics on pedestrian accidents are alarming, and it’s important that you understand what to do if you find yourself in a situation. While we hope none of these situations happen anytime soon, remember to always be safety conscious first.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.