Unfortunately, pedestrians are the least respected people on the road. According to recent findings from a report released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, pedestrian accident fatalities reached an all-time high last year for the first time in nearly 3 decades. In fact, California had the highest number of deaths with 432 fatalities. Despite traffic laws protecting your rights as a pedestrian, many drivers and motorists do not respectfully adhere to those guidelines. Therefore, you must be especially watchful and aware of your surroundings to avoid a devastating accident or injury.
The following are the most common contributing factors for pedestrian accidents, including:
- Driving under the influence – Intoxicated drivers are responsible for a large number of pedestrian deaths as even a single drink can lower one’s inhibitions.
- Distracted driving – Pedestrians have been the victim of distracted drivers long before the invention of smartphones, though these devices are a major cause behind many preventable accidents. Distractions that pull a driver’s attention away from the road include eating or drinking, engaging with disruptive passengers, fiddling with the radio or GPS, etc.
- Adverse weather or traffic conditions – When someone drives recklessly in unsafe circumstances such as bumper-to-bumper traffic or heavy rain, pedestrians are at risk of being collateral damage.
- Speeding, failure to stop, and more – Pedestrians are often struck in marked or unmarked crosswalks when a driver fails to yield or partakes in other reckless driving behaviors.
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