What Causes Pedestrian Accidents? Pedestrian accidents are often the result of drivers acting in an unsafe way.

There are many causes of pedestrian accidents, but collisions often happen between motor vehicles and unprotected humans because the driver is not paying attention or acting as carefully as they should.

If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, then the motorist who struck you could be responsible for the losses you have incurred because of the accident.

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Pedestrians Have a Right to Safety

Just as every motorist has a right to avoid unreasonable danger at the hands of other motorists, pedestrians have a reasonable expectation of safety while traveling near roadways. Motorists have an obligation to watch for pedestrians and take measures to avoid causing them injury.

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed as a result of motor vehicle collisions in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Dangerous Driving Can Increase the Risk of Pedestrian Injury and Death

It’s no secret that dangerous driving is rampant on America’s roads. Drivers who are distracted, fatigued, intoxicated, or reckless can put pedestrians at a greater risk of severe injury and death.

Some of the most common dangerous behaviors by drivers that could potentially cause a pedestrian accident are:

  • Traveling at unsafe rates of speed
  • Failing to check crosswalks when turning
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians, whether they have the right of way or not
  • Texting while driving
  • Making a phone call while driving
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Being drunk or under the influence of drugs and driving
  • Changing lanes abruptly
  • Driving at night without headlights on

These are just a few of the behaviors that put other motorists and pedestrians near the road at risk of injury or death, and could be one of the causes of pedestrian accidents. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident and the driver involved engaged in any of these or another dangerous behavior, they could be liable for your injuries.

A Lawyer Can Help You Bring an Injury or Wrongful Death Claim

Because pedestrians are unprotected, severe injuries and death can be more common in collisions with motor vehicles. Whether you are bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, a lawyer can help by:

  • Initiating your case immediately to work within relevant statutes of limitations
  • Collecting evidence of the accident, such as photos, videos, police reports, and eyewitness accounts
  • Handling all legal responsibilities necessary to complete a settlement or judgment
  • Protecting your rights throughout the legal process

If your case is successful, you could be granted financial awards covering medical costs, lost wages, funeral costs, and other expenses related to the death of your loved one.

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