Pedestrians need to know what it takes to remain safe at all times, regardless of the areas they walk on their daily routes. Pedestrians frequently walk to and from their vehicles at shopping mall parking lots. They also cross crowded city streets on the way to the office. Each time pedestrians set out on foot they are at risk of getting struck by distracted, impaired or negligent motorists.
There are things pedestrians can do to prevent these type of accidents, which can maim or kill them. It's vital to for them to pay attention to what's going on around them and remembering to always cross the street using crosswalks.
Unfortunately, pedestrians have no control over motor vehicle drivers. Instead, it only takes one mistake by a driver to cause an accident that can change a life forever.
Here are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone, sending a text message or adjusting the radio
- All forms of reckless driving
- Failure to follow traffic signs and signals
- Disregarding traffic or weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs, prescription medication or alcohol
- Drowsy driving
Pedestrians have no control over whether or not a driver partakes in one or more of these behaviors. For example, a person may think it's okay to respond to a text message, not realizing that this increases the chance of striking a person crossing the street.
As a pedestrian, be alert to those behind the wheels of the cars and trucks around you. This is the best way to spot a driver who may not be following the rules of the road or paying attention to what's happening around them.
It's difficult to think about, but if you're struck by a vehicle, you need to stay where you are and call for help. Your injuries could be severe, ranging from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to broken bones.
Once help arrives, let your medical team guide you toward making a full recovery.
Depending on the extent of your injury, you may want to learn more about your legal rights. There's a chance you may be able to take legal action as a means of holding the negligent party responsible.