Understanding Pedestrian Accident Risks
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,283 pedestrian accidents happened in 2018. Pedestrians are at high risk of being involved in an accident. However, knowing the risks and hazards that pedestrians face can help you to stay safer when out for a walk.
How Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
Typically, pedestrian accidents happen when motorists are careless when getting behind the wheel. Reckless drivers can cause a pedestrian to sustain a severe injury — and in some cases, the injuries can be life-threatening. Here are some common reasons why pedestrian accidents occur:
- Motorist has poor visibility due to inclement weather.
- Motorist has malfunctioning headlights or fails to turn them on.
- Motorist is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Motorist is texting or talking on the phone while driving. Other driving distractions can include changing the radio station, talking to other passengers, or eating while driving.
When sharing the roadway with motorists, pedestrians have the right-of-way. Should a driver not heed to this traffic rule, a devastating accident could happen.
Who is Most at Risk?
Adults over 65 and children under the age of 15 are at higher risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), also reports that alcohol-impaired pedestrians can increase their risk of being hit by a vehicle. When walking on roadways, you can reduce the risk of an accident by heeding the following precautions:
- Obey all traffic rules, road signs, and street signals.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths if available.
- Face traffic while walking when sidewalks and paths are not available.
- Refrain from using smartphones and other devices while walking.
- Even when traffic signals say it’s safe to go, look both ways before crossing the street.
- Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing.
- Never assume that a motorist can see you.
What to do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, here are some steps to take:
- Call 911 immediately.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think you aren’t injured.
- If possible, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Obtain the vehicle driver’s contact information.
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses to your accident.
When filing a pedestrian accident claim, it’s imperative to have as much information and evidence as possible to increase your chances of a favorable outcome.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accident Attorney
A pedestrian accident can be devastating, especially if it resulted in someone losing their life. If you or a loved one suffered a pedestrian accident injury due to another’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight the toughest insurance companies to protect your rights so you can receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.