The Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents


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Pedestrian accidents usually fly under the radar because the majority of pedestrians never report their accident to the police. These catastrophic accidents are usually caused by the negligence or inattentiveness of a driver, but other factors such as driver confusion or aggressive driving significantly increase the chance of pedestrian accidents as well.

A pedestrian is defined as a person walking along a road or in a developed area such as a neighborhood. When pedestrians choose to walk down a street with a high level of motor vehicle traffic, they are automatically putting themselves at greater risk for an accident. Many people do not consider the potential danger before they decide to walk alongside a street. Even if a pedestrian stays
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on the sidewalk and waits for a protected signal before crossing intersections, they cannot predict or control the actions of motor vehicle drivers.

Almost every pedestrian accident is caused by the negligence or inattentiveness of an automobile or motorcycle driver. One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is driver inattentiveness that results from talking on cell phones, eating while driving, programming a GPS, applying make-up or a variety of other activities. Driver confusion can also lead to accidents, especially when a driver is unfamiliar with the territory or when a one-way street is involved.

In busy cities, aggressive driving is a main cause of many pedestrian accidents. This is because drivers are more likely to violate traffic signals and display fits of road rage that result in unsafe speeds and unlawful turning. For example, a study by the Municipal Transportation Agency investigated the most common maneuvers drivers performed immediately prior to a pedestrian accident. The study found that drivers were making a left turn, making a right turn, backing up or making a U-turn immediately before hitting or injuring a pedestrian.

Pedestrians must be aware of these potentials for danger whenever they take to the roads, and must do their part to follow safety laws. A pedestrian can be responsible for their injuries when they ignore the “walk” signal at an intersection or choose to not use the designated crosswalk areas to cross the road or intersection. A pedestrian is also likely to be involved in an accident when he or she darts in front of a vehicle, doesn’t wear reflective gear at night, or disrupts the normal flow of traffic. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, it is important for you to contact a pedestrian accident attorney if you have suffered injury as a pedestrian.

The NHTSA reported 59,000 pedestrian injuries across the United States in 2009. Only a fraction of pedestrian crashes that cause injury are ever recorded by the police, and this means that countless of injured pedestrians choose to suffer without the financial help that may be available to them. Approximately 107.4 million Americans choose walking as a regular mode of travel for both social and work purposes. Walking may seem like a great way to exercise and enjoy beautiful scenery or weather, but it is important for pedestrians to understand their rights as a pedestrian under both federal and state laws in case of a serious injury.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Givens Personal Injury Law Group
The Givens Personal Injury Law Group is highly experienced in the realm of personal injury law as it pertains to pedestrian accidents. With over 85 years of combined legal experience, their legal team has handled all types of personal cases and can assist you with filing a claim for your accident. Personal injuries should never be taken lightly, and our firm understands how our work can significantly affect the future of every one of our clients.

We are passionate about helping our clients recover the compensation that they deserve and need to fully recover from their injuries, and we will stop at nothing short of success. A knowledgeable Tampa personal injury lawyer from our firm is waiting to provide you with high-quality care and legal support for your accident.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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