As a pedestrian, it’s common to have concerns about what’s going on around you. More specifically, you worry that a motor vehicle could strike you, thus resulting in serious injury or even death.
Even though there are laws in place to protect the safety of pedestrians, wrecks continue to occur throughout the area. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Distracted driving: Drivers continue to fall prey to distractions when driving in close proximity to pedestrians, which increases the risk of striking one or more individuals. For example, if a person is texting on a busy city street, they may not see someone crossing the road or a bicyclist driving in their lane of traffic.
- Neglecting to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: It’s a law, but some drivers don’t feel that it pertains to them. Instead of stopping at crosswalks, they attempt to rush through them to save just a few seconds of time. This puts every pedestrian in the area at risk.
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs: These are in place to keep everyone safe. So, when they’re ignored, other drivers and pedestrians are at risk. A common example is a driver speeding through a red light in a city setting. This can result in a wreck with cross-traffic and/or pedestrians in crosswalks.
- Ignoring traffic conditions: When traffic conditions change, such as during rush hour, drivers must adjust their approach to the road. For example, when work lets out at 5 p.m., there’s likely to be more traffic on the road and more pedestrians crossing the street.
- Ignoring weather conditions: Take, for example, slick roadways as the result of a rainstorm. Drivers must slow down and take extra caution in wet conditions, as visibility is low and it takes longer to stop.
If you are injured in a car-pedestrian crash, you’re likely to suffer serious injuries ranging from broken bones to a traumatic brain injury to deep lacerations and abrasions. These injuries require immediate attention, as you need to stabilize your health and receive treatment that improves your chance of making a recovery.