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Common Pedestrian Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Posted on in Pedestrian Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois pedestrian accident attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,There is no denying that pedestrian accidents are just as problematic and dangerous as vehicle and motorcycle crashes, sometimes even more so due to the fact that pedestrians are vulnerable in a very different way. They are out in the open, at the mercy of fast-moving traffic, with little to protect them. In addition, they possess a disadvantage when it comes to reaction time. Unlike motorists, they cannot hit the brake or take a sharp turn to avoid being struck. They must rely entirely on their reflexes and the practice of cautious observation when sharing the roadways.

This is why it is so important for both pedestrians and motorists to familiarize themselves with the common crash types that occur between vehicles and pedestrians, so they are equipped to be alert and take the special precautions necessary to help prevent pedestrian-related incidents.

The Most Common Pedestrian Crash Types

Darting and Crosswalk Misuse - Pedestrians are often struck when they dart out in the middle of the block in an unmarked area, away from an intersection. Not using crosswalks correctly or not using them at all poses a serious risk to pedestrians and motorists alike. It is also not uncommon for children playing along the street or in a yard to dart out into the road to chase after a ball or to chase one another.

Vehicles Failing to Yield During Turns - When vehicles make a right or left turn at an intersection, while leaving a driveway, or exiting an alleyway and fail to yield to oncoming pedestrians, they are in danger of causing an accident. Merging into the pathway of a pedestrian and failing to yield to their direction is an easy way to cause injury or even fatality.

Safety and Prevention

As a pedestrian, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that you should practice defensive walking and avoid distractions while walking (including texting, talking on the phone, or listening to music). The administration also emphasizes the importance of  staying on sidewalks, looking both ways before crossing the street, and using intersection crosswalks properly.

As a motorist, the NHTSA encourages you to watch your speed, be aware of your surroundings, and to always be on the lookout for oncoming pedestrians so you can yield to them accordingly. It is especially important to practice these habits in school zones, construction work zones, residential areas, and shopping centers.

When everyone does their part, many pedestrian-related accidents can be prevented. If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved with a pedestrian crash, you need to speak with a professional Lake County car accident attorney right away. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians
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