rise in pedestrian deaths

Pedestrian car accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the United States. Knowing the causes of pedestrian car accidents can help to reduce your risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident.

If you or a loved one was the injured victim in a pedestrian car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer today. He can help you fight for justice and damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.

A report by Cross, Fischer, Hunter, Stutts, 1995 released by NHTSA identified common causes of pedestrian car accidents, particularly among youth pedestrians. They noted that distraction on the part of all road users including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists is an “underlying cause or influencing factor” in most of the pedestrian car accidents that occur.

Common causes of pedestrian car accidents part 1

Pedestrian darts out into roadway mid-block: When a pedestrian steps out into a roadway in the middle of a block – not in a crosswalk or at an intersection – and is hit by a motor vehicle.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • If possible, always cross at a pedestrian crosswalk using crossing signals.
  • If you must cross mid-block, wait at each edge to ensure traffic is clear from both directions.
  • Never dart out onto a roadway to go after a ball or any other object that has bounced/rolled into the road.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Stay focused on the road and your surroundings; particularly in school zones, shopping centers and residential areas. Watch for the behavior of pedestrians walking or standing on the side of the road.

Motor vehicle makes a right or left turn at an intersection, driveway or alley without yielding: When a vehicle turns or merges into the path of a pedestrian without yielding and strikes the pedestrian.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Be alert and check for incoming vehicles before crossing an intersection, driveway or alley.
  • If possible, use a crosswalk instead of crossing in an unmarked area.
  • Do not cross in front of a vehicle until you have made eye contact or the driver signals for you to cross.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Before turning look carefully for other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  • Always come to a full stop and scan for traffic/pedestrians before turning right at a red light.

Pedestrian walking or jogging in the same direction as traffic: When a pedestrian walking or jogging in roadway in the same direction as traffic does not realize that a vehicle is approaching behind them and is struck by the driver.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Always walk or run facing traffic.
  • Run on sidewalks or paths. If no sidewalk is available stay on the shoulder/as far away from traffic as possible.
  • Wear bright colors during the day and reflective gear and lights at night.

Motorist safety tips:

  • On streets that lack sidewalks, watch for people walking or running in the road.
  • Be extra alert for pedestrians at night.

Backing vehicle: When a backing vehicle fails to see a pedestrian walking behind their vehicle and strikes them/a pedestrian walks behind a moving vehicle and is struck.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Be on the lookout for cars who appear parked but are idling or whose backing lights are lit.
  • Make sure the driver sees you before walking behind an idling vehicle.
  • Walk in the middle of rows of cars in parking lots.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Do a 360 degree check and use your side mirrors before backing up.
  • Back up cautiously in case a pedestrian or other vehicle approaches unexpectedly.

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