Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
There are many common reasons for pedestrian accidents—drivers failing to yield, cell phone usage, and driving while intoxicated. Pedestrians also can be partly responsible for a collision. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our office today to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents | Left-Hand Turns
Drivers that are turning left often have a terrible habit of not looking at what or who will be in their path as they make their turn. Left-hand turns are far more likely to result in accidents compared to right-hand turns, often because there is just more to look out for when you are turning left.
Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents | Cell Phones
One major culprit of pedestrian accidents is cell phones and other electronics. However, pedestrians should also refrain from using these devices while they are maneuvering through traffic as well.
Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents | DWI
Drivers who operate their vehicle while intoxicated are far more likely to hit a pedestrian. Drunk drivers have a hard time focusing on the road around them and keep their gaze straight ahead. As a result, they often do not see pedestrians until they are directly in front of their vehicle. In fact, alcohol plays a part in roughly 15 percent of pedestrian collisions.
Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents | Failure to Yield
Pedestrians have the right of way in most situations. When a driver does not yield to a walker, it can result in a potentially fatal collision. Failing to yield is also associated with higher speed crashes, which increases the likelihood of serious or life-threatening.
Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents | Pedestrian Right of Way
Pedestrians often have the right of way in traffic, but this is not always the case. Knowing when you have the right of way as a walker is a helpful way to avoid most pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians cannot bolt out into traffic and expect that traffic will yield to them. In fact, pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic at any point other than where there is a marked crosswalk or an intersection.
Nonetheless, vehicles must also exercise “due care” when pedestrians are present. They should take steps to avoid an accident, including sounding their horn, if necessary. If a driver is not careful or cautious and ends up causing you damage, you may have a legal claim for your losses.
If you have been seriously injured by a vehicle while walking, please contact our experienced Edmonds pedestrian accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.