Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,205 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2020. Most road users are aware of the high risk of pedestrian accidents, but not everyone drives with care. In many cases, a driver’s failure to yield or stop as required results in injury to the pedestrian. In other cases, reckless behavior by pedestrians leads to injury.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost fourteen percent of pedestrian fatalities are caused by failure to yield and failure to stay in the proper lane. For example, imagine a driver who is about to make a left turn at an intersection. If the driver is not paying attention, they can hit a pedestrian who was crossing the street with a legal right-of-way.
It is important for pedestrians to only cross the street when they can do so safely. A pedestrian mid-block may not be visible to a driver until it is too late.
Drivers and pedestrians who are distracted by cell phones or other items are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. In an effort to reduce these accidents, cities and states have increased fines for distracted drivers, but enforcement is still new and not widely used.
A collision can happen when either the pedestrian or the driver is incapacitated. For example, a driver that is drunk may not be able to react in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Alternatively, a pedestrian that is under the influence may not be able to walk or cross the street in a safe manner.
It is dangerous for pedestrians to cross the street when they are walking against traffic because drivers cannot see them well if at all. Drivers may hit an obstructed pedestrian who is absentmindedly walking against the traffic.
When drivers can see pedestrians, they are able to avoid hitting them. However, drivers cannot see pedestrians if the street is too dark or poorly lit. For example, a pedestrian can be struck by a driver during off-peak hours when the street lights are not on.
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately all too common on America’s roadways. The good news is that in most cases pedestrian accidents can be avoided with simple awareness and proper avoidance techniques. However, when they do occur, the results can range from just a couple of bumps and bruises to life-altering injuries or even death. For this reason, it is important that everyone knows what their rights are after being involved in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian accidents can cause major injuries or even wrongful death. When a pedestrian accident occurs, some laws may prevent the pedestrian from gaining any sort of financial benefit as a result of the accident. However, pedestrians still need to be compensated for their injuries; this is where a pedestrian accidents lawyer comes in.
When researching pedestrian accident law firms in TX, you want to be sure you are choosing a firm that has the experience and track record to win your case. The attorneys at Ananin, Chermol, Khattar, Fishman, PLLC are dedicated to helping people who have been injured in pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys offer pedestrian accident victims free, no-obligation consultations about their pedestrian accident case or any other personal injury case in Texas.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Texas, we may be able to help with your case. We have years of experience in handling pedestrian accident cases. If you believe that you have a legal claim for your injuries, call us at 866-MY1LAWYER to schedule a consultation with a pedestrian accident attorney.