Walking is an excellent source of exercise and therapy; that is until an accident happens. An accident that involves a motorist and a pedestrian can be devastating, to say the least. If you or someone you love is hurt in a pedestrian-motorist accident, you may be eligible for financial restitution for the resulting injuries and damages.
Pedestrian-motorist accidents are caused by a number of factors. Here are some of them:
Operating a motor vehicle requires a considerable amount of attention. Any activity (texting, eating or making or answering a phone call while driving) can potentially take the driver’s focus off the road. As a result, the motorist is likely to run over a pedestrian, especially at the crosswalk.
Distractions are not limited to drivers. Pedestrians too can also be distracted while walking in a public area. A pedestrian who is distracted by their cell phone, for instance, can step in front of a car or fail to notice oncoming traffic while crossing the road.
Speed is a major contributor to different types of car accidents, including pedestrian accidents, in the US. Driving above the stipulated speed limit can significantly increase your risk of causing an accident. This is particularly true when you are driving in densely populated areas like residential and commercial areas.
Alcohol and substance impairment causes a significant number of pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents each year. Alcohol diminishes the driver’s ability to make sound judgment, perceive and respond to potential hazards in a timely manner. The same is true of a drunk pedestrian.
A drunk motorist or pedestrian may have a difficult time spotting and interpreting road signs. As a result, they might expose other road users to hazards that might lead to accidents.
Every individual has a duty of care towards other road users. Find out how you can pursue compensation if you are involved in a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident that is not your fault.