The human body can suffer grave injuries when it is struck by a moving vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Streets and parking lots often place people far too close to heavy machinery to facilitate basic public safety. Partially as a result of this reality, pedestrians do get hit and killed by those in motor vehicles on a daily basis in the United States.
The majority of these crashes are ultimately the fault of the person in the motor vehicle rather than the pedestrian. However, even if the driver is to blame, the pedestrian is the one who will lose the most in such a wreck. Pedestrians, therefore, have every reason to try to avoid known risk factors for serious pedestrian collisions. These are some of the factors that most directly affect someone’s risk of either causing or being injured in a pedestrian crash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 46% of all pedestrian crashes involve alcohol in some way. Often, the person driving the motor vehicle is under the influence. Intoxicated pedestrians could potentially end up fatally injured in a crash that occurs when they step out into traffic without checking their surroundings.
People understand how dangerous it is to text while driving, but they give very little consideration to how dangerous it might be to text while walking. People looking down at their phones instead of at oncoming traffic might step out into the street and end up hit even though the vehicle was completely visible. Especially when in a parking lot or crossing an intersection, pedestrians need to keep their focus on personal safety if they hope to avoid a wreck.
Drivers often don’t think about pedestrians, which means they don’t look for pedestrians. Those walking near motor vehicles can improve their own safety by making themselves visible.
Joggers and others who are in the street frequently, focusing on visibility might involve buying special gear, like neon-colored vests, to draw the attention of drivers. In many other cases, the best way to promote visibility while walking in a parking lot or crossing the road is to use marked crosswalks and to prioritize traveling in areas with adequate lighting.
Those who cannot avoid being injured due to a pedestrian crash involving a motor vehicle may be able to pursue an insurance claim or possibly a lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. Learning more about pedestrian-vehicle collisions with the assistance of a legal professional can help those who frequently walk in public spaces stay safer and those who have already suffered harm.