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Three Common Causes for Increase in Pedestrian Accidents

Posted on in Pedestrian Accidents
pedestrian-accidentSince 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities on the roadways, totaling over 4,000 deaths. Although not all pedestrian accidents end in fatality, this statistic is still alarming as it indicates a greater risk in general for any pedestrian out and about on the roadways. The NHTSA emphasizes that “everyone is a pedestrian,” providing countless resources for those who choose to walk as a main mode of transportation to help them learn how to stay as safe as possible. Why the Increase in Pedestrian Traffic Accidents? There are multiple reasons for the rise in pedestrian-related accidents in recent years, but some of the most common causes for these incidents include the following:
  1. Failure to use crosswalks - Both pedestrians and motorists play a part in this factor. Many pedestrians are needlessly injured due to not using the proper crosswalks, or crossing at the wrong time, while motorists who do not remain alert or yield to pedestrians at intersections pose a huge risk for those on foot. Sadly, this combination is a leading cause for the spike in pedestrian injury and fatality statistics.
  2. Speeding - Speeding is a dangerous driving behavior in its own right, but when it comes to pedestrian accidents, it presents a very significant danger. When a motorist speeds, they severely hinder their response time and ability to slow down or stop at intersections. They also increase their chances of colliding with other vehicles, which turns pedestrians into potential collateral damage at every turn.
  3. Distracted Driving - This is far from a new problem, but it is sadly one of the biggest threats to pedestrians on the roadways today. Drivers talking on cell phones, texting, playing with the radio or other devices, and interacting with other passengers are all contributing factors to distracted driving accidents. These factors are especially deadly when it comes to impact on pedestrians, as those on foot are particularly vulnerable to drivers who are focused on everything but the road.

Both drivers and pedestrians have a role to play on the roadways when it comes to lowering pedestrian accident statistics. Incidents will happen regardless, which is why it is important you speak with a qualified Lake County pedestrian accident attorney when you find yourself involved in such a collision. Protect your rights the moment you experience a crash by calling Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. for a free consultation. Call us at 847-662-3303 today.

Sources:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians

http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/everyoneisapedestrian/index.html
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