As a pedestrian, you don't have to look far to see a motor vehicle. For example, if you're walking or jogging on the sidewalk, moving vehicles will be within a few feet of you.
Understanding the most common causes of pedestrian-car accidents can help keep you safe. Here are some of the mistakes drivers make that can cause a serious crash:
- Distracted driving: This takes on many forms, such as texting, smoking, people watching and daydreaming. When a driver is distracted, they're less likely to see you, such as when crossing the street.
- Reckless driving: From speeding to failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, there are many forms of reckless driving. Keep an eye out for drivers who are not following the rules of the road.
- Disregard for weather conditions: For example, if rain is falling, drivers should slow down to maintain control of their vehicle. This also gives them more time to respond in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, many drivers neglect to adjust their speed in harsh conditions.
- Driving under the influence: Alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medication all have the potential to impact a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
If you're injured in a pedestrian-car accident, don't wait to receive medical treatment. It's important to receive professional attention, as opposed to treating your injuries at home.
Once you understand your injuries and prognosis, contact your insurance company and begin to collect information pertaining to the accident. These steps will position you to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages associated with the crash.