There are a number of things to consider with respect to pedestrian accidents but knowing some of the common causes of these accidents is especially important. Sadly, many pedestrians have passed away after being struck by a vehicle, while some of those who were lucky enough to survive have struggled with debilitating injuries, which may even persist for the rest of their lives. If your child spends time walking near the road, you jog on a regular basis to get exercise, or you are concerned about pedestrian accidents from a driver’s perspective, it is important to review factors in these accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all sorts of factors can lead to a pedestrian accident. For example, a pedestrian accident might occur when a pedestrian runs on to the road, walks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, walks in a prohibited area, or crosses the road improperly. Other factors include wrong-way walking, poor visibility which makes it harder for drivers to see pedestrians, and the use of cell phones and other distractions.
There are also a number of reasons why drivers collide with pedestrians, such as drunk driving, speeding, failing to pay attention, driving while drowsy, or distractions that keep their eyes off the road. The NHTSA also points out that pedestrian accidents which claim lives are especially likely between 6 PM and 9 PM, based on data from 2010. However, pedestrians are hit at all times and you should always be vigilant when you are walking.