While most roads and intersections have crosswalks intended to keep pedestrians safe, pedestrian accidents still occur frequently. When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, he or she will likely suffer severe personal injuries, sometimes fatal.
As noted above, crosswalks are supposed to keep pedestrians safe while crossing the street. Most crosswalks have bright yellow paint and/or signs so that they are more visible to motorists. Some crosswalks have flashing lights to alert drivers. The most effective crosswalks use speedbumps along with a combination of pedestrian crossing signage and flashing lights.
In most circumstances, pedestrians assume or trust that they are safe while crossing the street using a designed pedestrian crosswalk; however, this is not always the case. Assuming that drivers see you as you proceed to cross the street can be a terrible mistake because some drivers do not pay close enough attention while driving, and some drivers are driving while distracted. If a driver isn’t paying attention or distracted, a pedestrian who is in the crosswalk could be struck by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, resulting in serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
The rules of the road dictate that drivers must cautiously approach a crosswalk given the fact that the individual crossing the road as the right-of-way. Also, drivers have a duty of care to approach a crosswalk using reasonable care and exercise caution during the process. S
The most common causes of pedestrian crashes when it comes to driver negligence are as follows:
- Going at an excess rate of speed;
- Reckless driving;
- Rageful driving;
- Driving while distracted, whether a person is texting, eating, drinking, or fiddling with a car radio or GPS;
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs;
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian who has the right-of-way; and
- Makes a turn into a crosswalk without looking out for pedestrians before proceeding.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys represent walkers, bicyclists, runners, and joggers throughout the United States. We invite you to speak with us about your case and an initial consultation, so contact us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529), fill out our case inquiry form, or visit us in person.
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