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Understanding pedestrian accident injury risks

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between walkers and drivers on the road. While pedestrians can take steps to stay safe, reckless drivers remain a significant risk factor for pedestrian accidents.

It is important for drivers and pedestrians to review common reckless driving behaviors and their impact on pedestrian safety.

Speeding and distracted driving

One of the most dangerous reckless driving behaviors is speeding. When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to react to pedestrians crossing the street. Speeding reduces the driver’s ability to stop quickly, increasing the likelihood of a collision with a pedestrian. As a pedestrian, it is necessary to be cautious when walking near areas where drivers tend to speed, such as busy intersections or residential streets.

Distracted driving is another major cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers who are texting, talking on the phone or engaging in other distractions are not fully focused on the road and may not see pedestrians crossing the street. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that pedestrian accident injuries caused 104,000 visits to emergency departments during 2020.

Other risk factors

Drivers who do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or at intersections increase the chances of a collision. Pedestrians should always wait for the signal to cross and make sure that drivers have come to a complete stop before stepping into the street. Also, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a dangerous behavior that significantly increases the risk of pedestrian accidents. Impaired drivers have slower reaction times and reduced coordination, making it more likely that they will hit a pedestrian.

Pedestrians should be especially cautious when walking at night or in areas with bars and restaurants, where the risk of encountering impaired drivers is higher. Remember, safety is everyone’s responsibility on the road.

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