As a pedestrian, it's easy to become so comfortable with your surroundings that you assume nothing could ever go wrong. This is particularly true if you're familiar with the area in which you're walking, jogging or biking.
Unfortunately, a car-pedestrian accident can happen at any time, thus resulting in serious injuries or even death.
Some of the top causes of car-pedestrian accidents include:
- Reckless driving, such as excessive speeding
- Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on the phone
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Failure to use turn signals
- Ignoring a change in traffic conditions
- Ignoring a change in weather conditions
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medication
The problem with all these causes is that you don't have any control as a pedestrian. There's no way of knowing if a driver will run a red light while you're crossing the street. There's no way of knowing if a person is too drunk to be behind the wheel.
The best way to protect yourself is by familiarizing yourself with your surroundings and taking caution at all times.
If you're injured in a car-pedestrian accident, turn your immediate attention to seeking medical treatment. This typically requires an ambulance being called to the scene.
After receiving your initial treatment, discuss your long-term prognosis with your medical team. This will give you a clear idea of what you need to do to recover. Once your health is in order, it's time to learn more about the accident and take steps to protect your legal rights.