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4 Common Causes of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents

When a car crash involves a pedestrian, the resulting damage is often extreme. Pedestrians lack the same protections drivers and passengers have, which means they are much more likely to suffer serious injuries when a crash occurs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, about 5,000 pedestrians die each year in traffic accidents, and over 70,000 more are injured. While some pedestrian accidents are caused by other problems, like poorly maintained sidewalks and construction hazards, most of these incidents are caused by automobiles.

Discover what causes most pedestrian traffic accidents and find out what you can do to avoid them.

1. Reckless Driving: When drivers fail to follow traffic laws and drive recklessly, they may overlook pedestrians, drive through crosswalks, run stop signs, or commit any number of other dangerous offenses. Reckless drivers may hit pedestrians directly, or they might strike other cars, road medians, or buildings, injuring nearby bystanders. To avoid this, pedestrians should always be aware of their surroundings, especially when using a crosswalk or when walking alongside a busy street.

2. Driver Intoxication: Nobody under the influence of drugs or alcohol should ever get behind the wheel. Driver intoxication is extremely dangerous and kills several people, pedestrians, drivers, and passengers alike, every day. When a person is intoxicated, their senses become dull and their judgment suffers, which makes for a very poor driver. Pedestrians who are out for an evening run or a quick walk around the block should always wear bright or reflective clothing at night to make themselves more visible to nighttime drivers.

3. Speeding: Speed limits are set for a reason. Unfortunately, not every driver follows the speed limit, which puts other drivers and pedestrians at risk. If a car is moving over the legal limit, the driver may be more likely to lose control of their vehicle, which may lead them to crash and injure nearby pedestrians.

4. Poor Weather: In bad weather, drivers are more likely to overlook pedestrians or lose control of their vehicles. Rain, snow, or freezing temperatures can create slippery roads and poor visibility, not to mention the hazards of roadside debris. If pedestrians are out in the bad weather, they are less likely to be seen by even the most observant driver and may be harmed as a result.

Learning about the common causes of pedestrian accidents can help you be more aware of the potential dangers and may even help you avoid a crash in the future. However, not every accident is avoidable. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian car accident, our firm is here to help.

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP to discuss your case with our Washington DC car accident attorneys and find out if you are eligible for compensation.