When looking at preventable accidents, motor vehicle collisions often take much of the focus. However, hundreds of thousands of pedestrians are also injured in preventable accidents each year. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), spinal injuries, bone fractures and lacerations are just some of the more common accidents seen in pedestrian accidents.
When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the latter is much more likely to suffer severe injuries than the driver. Drivers are shielded somewhat by the outer shell of the vehicle, but pedestrians don’t have this.
What are some of the greatest risks to pedestrians?
Intersections can be dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. These are sections of the road where traffic comes to a standstill and multiple roads converge. This is often where pedestrians cross the road on designated crossings.
If a driver fails to yield to a pedestrian or runs a red light at an intersection, then the pedestrian could be run over.
Studies indicate that nearly half of fatal accidents involving pedestrians involve impaired drivers. Impaired drivers are dangerous because their judgment, reaction times and visibility all decrease after consuming alcohol or taking substances.
An impaired driver may simply not see the pedestrian or they may misjudge distances.
Pedestrians need to be extra careful because they do not have the same levels of physical protection. Wearing bright clothing, using designated crossings and always being on the lookout can help.
Unfortunately, these safety steps aren’t always enough to prevent accidents. As a pedestrian, you have rights. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, be sure to look into your legal options.