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Reviewing pedestrian accident risk factors

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2024 | Injuries

Any car crash has the potential to cause serious injuries. However, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can have especially devastating consequences.

Drivers as well as pedestrians should go over the key aspects of pedestrian accidents, including causes and prevention.

Pedestrian accident risks and data

Pedestrian accidents occur when a vehicle collides with a person walking or crossing the road. These accidents can happen due to various reasons such as distracted driving, speeding, failure to yield or impaired driving. During periods of inclement weather and poor visibility, the likelihood of a pedestrian accident increases. For example, people must exercise caution at night and during foggy conditions.

These accidents impact people of all ages and continue to occur far too often. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 60,500 people suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents over the course of 2021. Sadly, over 7,300 lost their lives.

Preventing pedestrian accidents

It is important for both drivers and pedestrians to understand their responsibilities and take necessary precautions. Drivers should always be attentive and avoid distractions like texting, making calls or eating while driving. They should also adhere to speed limits and yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Pedestrians, on the other hand, should use designated crosswalks, obey traffic signals and make eye contact with drivers before crossing.

In the unfortunate event of a pedestrian accident, it is very important for those involved to review the details of the incident carefully. By prioritizing road safety and staying vigilant, drivers and those walking near traffic can prevent pedestrian accidents.