Pedestrian Accidents Caused by Driver Negligence
Each year, more and more people are spending time outdoors jogging, biking, and walking for their health. In recent months, people have attempted to remain safe from the coronavirus by avoiding public transportation and have turned to walking or biking to work. While these outdoor activities are a healthy alternative to other forms of transportation, walking and biking can lead to serious pedestrian crashes. These types of accidents often have devastating consequences including catastrophic injuries and even death.
Who is Most Vulnerable to be Involved in a Pedestrian Crash?
While any person is at risk of being hit by a motor vehicle, there are certain groups of individuals who are more vulnerable than others. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following individuals are most at risk:
- Men are more likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents than women; and
- Children aged fifteen and older are those who are most often treated for injuries in the hospital.
Who is Most at Risk for Dying in Pedestrian Accidents?
As people grow older, they become more susceptible to pedestrian accidents. Moreover, pedestrians who have a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration or greater are more at risk for sustaining fatal injuries. Additionally, minors are at a greater risk of dying in pedestrian accidents who are aged fourteen or less.
Driver Negligence and Pedestrian Crashes
Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care and obey traffic laws when driving, in addition to watching out for pedestrians who are less visible. The top four most common ways in which driver negligence results in pedestrian crashes are as follows:
- Distracted driving – whether a person is texting, emailing, posting messages on social media, or eating/drinking, distracted driving can lead to serious and often fatal pedestrian crashes.
- Going above the speed limit – speeding not only violates traffic rules, it also is considered reckless driving. Pedestrians who are struck by a speeding vehicle are more likely than others to be involved in a serious, if not fatal, accident.
- Driving under the influence – one’s reaction time, general driving skills, and reasoning are impaired when an individual gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. This can lead to the driver not being able to spot pedestrians in the pathway, especially during inclement weather or in the nighttime hours.
- Failure to yield or stop – a driver who rolls through a stop sign or an intersection, or who fails to yield to pedestrians who have the right of way often lead to serious and sometimes fatal pedestrian accidents.
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