PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER
The Whisler Law Firm can help you with your pedestrian accident care and get you the compensation you deserve. Pedestrian accidents can happen unexpectedly and leave you to figure out how to handle all the medical expenses and other costs. If you get involved in pedestrian accidents, contact The Whisler Law Firm for legal assistance.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS: COMMON CAUSES AND THINGS TO DO IF YOU GET INVOLVED
Every year, based on reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), about 5,000 pedestrians die in traffic-related incidents, and about 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries when hit by a vehicle.
Generally, all these accidents occur when pedestrians attempt to cross highways. Every time you walk outside, you are risking yourself. Sometimes, pedestrian accidents happen because of the negligence of the driver, and sometimes it is the fault of the pedestrian.
Either way, here are the common causes of pedestrian accidents:
COMMON CAUSES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Distracted driving – It is one of the common causes of pedestrian accidents. Drivers are out of focus when they talk or text on their cell phones or distracted by electronic devices while driving. Sometimes pedestrians are guilty of this too. While crossing the streets, they are using their cellphones or music devices.
Intoxicated driving – When the driver is intoxicated, his or her reasoning, reaction time, and driving skills are weakened. Thus, the driver can easily miss a pedestrian walking or crossing the stress, especially at night.
Speeding – It is considered reckless driving, and it is a traffic violation. Speeding vehicles can hit a pedestrian very severely, leading to a more life-threatening situation or immediate death due to impact.
Left-hand turns – This is a common cause of pedestrian accidents. Both parties are looking in different directions; the pedestrians are looking straight ahead while the drivers pay more attention to the intersection instead of the pedestrians.
Unmarked crosswalks – Some of the pedestrian accidents happened at intersections. Using a crosswalk can reduce pedestrian accidents, but if it is poorly marked, the risk is still high.
Failing to yield or stop – Common cause of devastating pedestrian accidents is when the driver fails to stop on a stop signal or at an intersection. Sometimes, drivers also fail to yield to pedestrians who have the right of way. Most likely, life-altering injuries may happen to the pedestrian if the drive won’t slow down.
Bad weather conditions – Drivers should be extra careful when driving on bad weather conditions. When drivers fail to drive at a safe speed during rain, fog, or snow, they won’t be able to see the pedestrian easily. Also, stopping immediately will be impossible, especially on slippery roadways.
THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE INVOLVED IN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
When pedestrian accidents happen, depending on the circumstances, there might be one party with potential legal responsibility – (1) the drive of the vehicle, (2) the pedestrian, (3) the party responsible for maintaining the road, sidewalk, or parking area where the accident happened.
If you get involved with a pedestrian accident, you should:
- Immediately call the police
- Seek medical help and do not leave the scene of the accident
- Do not make statements to anyone, including the insurers and driver
- Document your injuries
- Contact your insurance provider
- Get legal help
Need legal help? The Whisler Law Firm is here to help you if you need legal assistance in your pedestrian accident case. We will assist you with all the legal matters you have to deal with and fight for you to get every cent you deserve. Do not hesitate to call us today.