As a pedestrian, you must always beware of what’s happening around you. For example, when crossing the street, it’s imperative to have a clear overview of any motor vehicles in the area.
A thorough understanding of the primary causes of car-pedestrian accidents can help keep you safe. Here are some of the mistakes drivers make that result in an accident:
- Distracted driving: For example, if a driver is texting as they approach an intersection, they may not see you and other pedestrians crossing the road.
- Speeding: The faster a car is moving, the more time it takes to stop. This can make it impossible for a driver to avoid an accident with a pedestrian in an emergency situation.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: According to state laws, drivers are required to yield to all pedestrians at crosswalks, regardless of the circumstances. It’s still a must to look both ways and be aware of your surroundings, but you should expect vehicles to stop for you.
- Driving under the influence: Alcohol and drugs impact a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This increases the risk of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those with other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Ignoring inclement weather: For instance, in rainy conditions, it will take a driver longer to stop their vehicle. Rain also limits visibility, making it more difficult to see a pedestrian crossing the road.
You don’t have any control over the people driving around you, but you can adjust your approach as a pedestrian to maintain your safety. Do the following:
- Look both ways before you cross the street
- Only cross at designated crosswalks
- Only cross when the walk signal tells you to do so
- Don’t dart into traffic, such as if you’re in a hurry
Even if you’re the safest pedestrian out there, a motor vehicle could still strike you. If this happens, you’re likely to suffer serious injuries, such as broken bones and a traumatic brain injury.
Your top priority after an accident is to receive medical care. From there, you can contact your insurance company, review the police report and devise a strategy for obtaining compensation from the reckless driver.