Pedestrian Accidents
 
Every year, more than 5,000 pedestrians die from vehicular and traffic-related accidents. Approximately 130,000 more get treated for injuries that are related to such accidents. Of these numbers, older people and children have been seen as the most vulnerable and susceptible.

Approximately 48% of accidents that involve pedestrians and vehicles involve people who are intoxicated, either with the person behind the wheel or the pedestrian being under the influence of alcohol. A lot of the accidents that involve intoxicated people often end up badly, with some suffering serious injuries and even death.

Causes of Accidents Involving Pedestrians

More-often-than-not, accidents between pedestrians and vehicles involve an unsuspecting pedestrian. This makes it more likely for pedestrians to suffer more serious injuries since they cannot make any attempt at trying to shield or protect themselves from the accident. Here are some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents:

  • Distracted Driving – Distracted driving has been around for some time, with the addition of more gadgets in vehicles and smartphones adding to the list of why drivers sometimes take their eyes off the road. Even when a pedestrian has already started crossing and has the right of way, a distracted driver won’t notice the person until it is too late.
  • Car Turning Left – At intersections, people crossing where vehicles are stopped may find themselves still getting hit. This is due to vehicles turning left. Those who end up hitting pedestrians in this situation are those who are too intent on making the turn that they neglect to see if there are people crossing where they are turning.
  • Speeding – When there are pedestrian crossing signs, a vehicle is obligated to slow down just in case there are people about to cross. Vehicles that are speeding usually don’t do this, and when a person crosses while they are speeding, stepping on the brakes may not be enough to stop an accident from happening.
  • Vehicular Problems – Faulty brakes can be the cause of an accident. If a vehicle is running at a faster speed than is normal and the need for brakes to work effectively is jeopardized, accidents are a given.
  • Not Adhering to Road Rules – Signs such as Yield, Stop, and Slow Down should always be followed to prevent accidents from happening. When a Pedestrian Crossing sign is seen, vehicles are obliged to slow down to prevent accidents from happening. Those who ignore these signs and other road rules (like speed limits) often end up running a pedestrian over or causing a similar accident.
  • Bad Weather – Inclement weather can also cause pedestrian accidents. Low visibility during a downpour can increase the chances of accidents. The wet road can also make braking in time difficult. Snow and other types of weather that make roads slippery and slick are also to be blamed for some pedestrian accidents.
  • Not Respecting Pedestrian Right of Way – While pedestrians do have the right-of-way in most instances, there are some situations where they should yield to vehicles. Undesignated crossing areas and train tracks are places where pedestrians don’t have the right of way. On pedestrian crossings, however, they do have the right of way, but some drivers don’t respect that and continue on even when pedestrians are supposed to be allowed to cross.
  • Backing-up Accidents – This happens in driveways, parking lots, and other similar situations. Vehicles end up hitting pedestrians while backing up, and there are a few reasons why this happens. It can be that the driver could not see the pedestrian because of a blind spot. It could also be that the pedestrian continued crossing because they were preoccupied or maybe did not see the vehicle backing up.

 

What to Do If You Were in a Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian accidents can be traumatizing, not to mention debilitating and physically life-changing. Yet, despite these effects, a lot of people actually fail to report their accidents, particularly if they feel that they are okay or believe that they are at fault (did not look while crossing, etc.). If you were in a pedestrian accident, no matter how minor you feel your injuries are, you might be owed compensation.

Some people who figure in pedestrian accidents brush it off, particularly when they can get up and walk off after it happens. What some of them may not realize is that while they may seem okay on the outside, they may be suffering from internal injuries that may manifest later. This may worsen and may change how they live, like making it difficult to work, may cause them to be hospitalized, or even cause disabilities.

When these things happen, financial and health difficulties can drastically change your life. Finding out if you are owed compensation for your pedestrian accident will help you with a lot of things. These include your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, and even lost capacity to earn.

Don’t delay in finding out if you have a legitimate claim to compensation. Answer our questionnaire and determine if you are owed money before your statute of limitations runs out. All you need to do is answer our questions and in 60 seconds, you get the answer you need to help you decide what to do about your accident.

 

Pedestrian Accidents
 
Every year, more than 5,000 pedestrians die from vehicular and traffic-related accidents. Approximately 130,000 more get treated for injuries that are related to such accidents. Of these numbers, older people and children have been seen as the most vulnerable and susceptible.

Approximately 48% of accidents that involve pedestrians and vehicles involve people who are intoxicated, either with the person behind the wheel or the pedestrian being under the influence of alcohol. A lot of the accidents that involve intoxicated people often end up badly, with some suffering serious injuries and even death.

Causes of Accidents Involving Pedestrians

More-often-than-not, accidents between pedestrians and vehicles involve an unsuspecting pedestrian. This makes it more likely for pedestrians to suffer more serious injuries since they cannot make any attempt at trying to shield or protect themselves from the accident. Here are some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents:

  • Distracted Driving – Distracted driving has been around for some time, with the addition of more gadgets in vehicles and smartphones adding to the list of why drivers sometimes take their eyes off the road. Even when a pedestrian has already started crossing and has the right of way, a distracted driver won’t notice the person until it is too late.
  • Car Turning Left – At intersections, people crossing where vehicles are stopped may find themselves still getting hit. This is due to vehicles turning left. Those who end up hitting pedestrians in this situation are those who are too intent on making the turn that they neglect to see if there are people crossing where they are turning.
  • Speeding – When there are pedestrian crossing signs, a vehicle is obligated to slow down just in case there are people about to cross. Vehicles that are speeding usually don’t do this, and when a person crosses while they are speeding, stepping on the brakes may not be enough to stop an accident from happening.
  • Vehicular Problems – Faulty brakes can be the cause of an accident. If a vehicle is running at a faster speed than is normal and the need for brakes to work effectively is jeopardized, accidents are a given.
  • Not Adhering to Road Rules – Signs such as Yield, Stop, and Slow Down should always be followed to prevent accidents from happening. When a Pedestrian Crossing sign is seen, vehicles are obliged to slow down to prevent accidents from happening. Those who ignore these signs and other road rules (like speed limits) often end up running a pedestrian over or causing a similar accident.
  • Bad Weather – Inclement weather can also cause pedestrian accidents. Low visibility during a downpour can increase the chances of accidents. The wet road can also make braking in time difficult. Snow and other types of weather that make roads slippery and slick are also to be blamed for some pedestrian accidents.
  • Not Respecting Pedestrian Right of Way – While pedestrians do have the right-of-way in most instances, there are some situations where they should yield to vehicles. Undesignated crossing areas and train tracks are places where pedestrians don’t have the right of way. On pedestrian crossings, however, they do have the right of way, but some drivers don’t respect that and continue on even when pedestrians are supposed to be allowed to cross.
  • Backing-up Accidents – This happens in driveways, parking lots, and other similar situations. Vehicles end up hitting pedestrians while backing up, and there are a few reasons why this happens. It can be that the driver could not see the pedestrian because of a blind spot. It could also be that the pedestrian continued crossing because they were preoccupied or maybe did not see the vehicle backing up.

 

What to Do If You Were in a Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian accidents can be traumatizing, not to mention debilitating and physically life-changing. Yet, despite these effects, a lot of people actually fail to report their accidents, particularly if they feel that they are okay or believe that they are at fault (did not look while crossing, etc.). If you were in a pedestrian accident, no matter how minor you feel your injuries are, you might be owed compensation.

Some people who figure in pedestrian accidents brush it off, particularly when they can get up and walk off after it happens. What some of them may not realize is that while they may seem okay on the outside, they may be suffering from internal injuries that may manifest later. This may worsen and may change how they live, like making it difficult to work, may cause them to be hospitalized, or even cause disabilities.

When these things happen, financial and health difficulties can drastically change your life. Finding out if you are owed compensation for your pedestrian accident will help you with a lot of things. These include your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, and even lost capacity to earn.

Don’t delay in finding out if you have a legitimate claim to compensation. Answer our questionnaire and determine if you are owed money before your statute of limitations runs out. All you need to do is answer our questions and in 60 seconds, you get the answer you need to help you decide what to do about your accident.

 

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