Throughout the United States, pedestrian-related accidents remain one of the most serious and deadly. Unfortunately, we are not at a loss of these accidents – many happen every day, every year, with 5,000 being killed each year and another 64,000 injured. This means that they account for 11% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. On average, the statistics show that a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every eight minutes, many of which are due to driver negligence. Most of them tend to occur in urban areas versus rural. (1) In California, pedestrian accidents happen all the time, for many reasons. Now you can find out more about these dire accidents and the laws regarding them.
Most Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
Unmarked Crosswalks: Many pedestrian-related accidents across California and many other states happen because they take place at an intersection. Signaled crosswalks have been helping prevent these accidents. They help drivers stay aware of pedestrians.
Left-Hand Turns by Vehicles: Many accidents also happen when cars are turning left, mostly because occupants of vehicles and pedestrians are looking elsewhere. They may be failing to pay attention because they are focused on the intersection or looking straight ahead.
Pedestrians Texting: Accidents can be caused by both pedestrians and vehicle occupants who are more focused on electronics than the roadways.
Alcohol Use: Substance use contributes to accidents by both pedestrians and drivers. In fact, drivers using alcohol are involved in 13% of pedestrian collisions. (2)
A Driver’s Duty of Care
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident involving a vehicle, the driver of that vehicle may be liable for your injuries. Drivers and pedestrians are responsible for following the rules of the road and, if they do not, they could be held negligent. Somebody who fails to operate a vehicle with care may be responsible for injury damages because they did not exercise a duty of care and instead drove distracted, was speeding, failed to yield right of way, disobeyed traffic signs, or failed to signal while turning.
Of course, it is possible that a pedestrian is responsible for their own accident if they acted negligently and ignored a signal at an intersection, entered traffic and disrupted the flow, darted in front of a vehicle, and more. (3) No matter the case, you should always speak to an experienced personal injury attorney if you believe you have a case after you have been injured. We can help you better understand the laws regarding your injury and help you in your time of need. Call us today for more.