If you’ve ever been walking on or near the roads and nearly been hit by a car, you probably know how dangerous it can be to be a pedestrian. Many pedestrians are knocked down, hurt and killed by drivers who aren’t paying attention or who make errors.

There are dozens of reasons why knockdowns might happen, but three of the most common include:

  • Texting and driving
  • Vehicle defects
  • Drunk driving

For example, with texting and driving, a driver might run a red light when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. They may drift off to the side of the road and up onto a sidewalk or into a bike lane.

With vehicle defects, a driver may lose the ability to stop when their brakes go out or accidentally accelerate when they intended to stop. If their wheel won’t turn, power steering goes out or other issues happen, they could collide with pedestrians and others.

Drunk driving, too, can lead to serious problems for pedestrians and others. When a drunk driver is on the road, they may move unpredictably. They could suddenly speed up, slow down or stop. They may even intentionally try to knock someone down.

As a pedestrian, the best thing you can do for yourself is to pay attention to what is happening around you. If you notice a driver acting oddly or can see that they’re not paying attention to the road, don’t enter the roadway. Wait for them to pass. If you do end up getting hit, you can pursue a claim due to their reckless actions. Our website has more on knockdown accidents and what you can do if you’re a victim.