Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common and rarely result in minor injuries. Because a pedestrian is open and vulnerable to the vehicle’s force, injuries are often severe and long-lasting. Learn about the top causes of pedestrian accidents and what you can do if you or a loved one were hurt due to the negligence of a driver.
Left Handed Turns
Vehicles making a left turn at an intersection can collide with a pedestrian using the crosswalk. In fact, approximately three times as many pedestrians are hit by cars turning left than by cars turning right.
Crosswalks That Are Unmarked/Jaywalking
When a pedestrian crosses at an unmarked crosswalk or jaywalks, drivers may not be looking for people on the road. This is often due to the lack of signal that pedestrians may be crossing.
Electric Powered Cars
While electric cars save on gas, they’re extremely quiet. It’s hard to hear them until they are in very close proximity. Pedestrians who walk along the road or in a crosswalk may not hear an electric powered car coming, leading to a collision. Often, pedestrians could have removed themselves from the vehicle’s path if they were able to hear the car coming.
Many cases of pedestrian accidents are due to the negligence of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Individuals who have been drinking or driving have reduced response time and reduced awareness, both of which increase the likelihood of colliding with a pedestrian on the side of the road or even on a sidewalk.
Wearing Dark Colored Clothing at Night
If a pedestrian is wearing dark colored clothing at night, it is generally more difficult for drivers to see the pedestrian and avoid them while driving. This doesn’t necessarily place fault on the pedestrian, however, it is a factor to consider when evaluating what can cause or contribute to a pedestrian accident.
Contact Us Today for a Consultation
If you or a loved one were hurt in a pedestrian accident, don’t wait to get legal help. Contact the Sarkisian Law Offices today for a consultation. We will discuss the accident in detail and how you might obtain financial compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Call now at (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998.