pedestrian car accidents

Pedestrian car accidents are a major cause of personal injuries and deaths in the United States.  According to the NHTSA in a 2014 report, pedestrians account for 14 percent of all road fatalities.

Knowing the common causes of pedestrian accidents can help to reduce your risk of being a victim.

If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury attorney 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 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 2

Multiple cars at a crosswalk: When a car stops for a pedestrian at a crosswalk but a second car drives up, doesn’t see the pedestrian crossing and strikes them.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Yield to each lane of traffic/make eye contact with each driver before crossing in front of their vehicle.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Slow down and plan to stop when you see a car stopped in the lane next to you. They may see something that you can’t.

Pedestrian crossing after “don’t walk” signal is ignited: when a pedestrian walks against a crosswalk signal or the signal changes while pedestrian is in the crosswalk and is struck by a motor vehicle.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Only enter a crosswalk when the “walk” signal is lit.
  • Do not enter a crosswalk if the signal is about the change to “don’t walk” (many signals have countdown clocks). Stop and wait for the “walk” signal to come back before crossing.
  • If you are in the intersection when the signal changes finish crossing as quickly as possible.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Be alert for pedestrians crossing even when it is your right of way.

Commercial bus: When a pedestrian is struck by an oncoming vehicle after exiting a commercial bus.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Avoid crossing in front of a bus by waiting for the bus to leave or walking to a crosswalk at the corner instead.
  • Do not cross until you have made eye contact with the bus driver.
  • Stop at the corner of the school bus and look to make sure that there are no oncoming vehicles.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Slow down and be alert for pedestrians crossing in front of stopped commercial buses.

School Bus: When a driver ignores the school bus-stop arm/a pedestrian fails to look for oncoming traffic when exiting or walking around a bus and is struck by a motor vehicle.

Pedestrian safety tips:

  • Always cross in front of a school bus.
  • Do not cross until you have made eye contact with the bus driver.
  • Stop at the corner of the school bus and look to make sure that there are no oncoming vehicles.

Motorist safety tips:

  • Follow reduced speed limits by schools, especially when children are being dropped off and picked up by school buses.
  • Never pass a school bus when the bus has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended.

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