Even if you don’t realize it, you are a “pedestrian” at many times throughout your day, not just when crossing the street.
For example, you are a pedestrian when you walk from your car into your office building. You are also a pedestrian as you stroll from the grocery store back to your vehicle. And of course, you’re a pedestrian if you’re running, walking or jogging.
Even if you’re cautious at all times, it’s important to become familiar with the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. This can go a long way in helping you avoid a situation that could lead to serious injury or even death.
Here are some of the many mistakes drivers make that increase the likelihood of striking a pedestrian:
- Speeding and other forms of reckless driving, such as disobeying traffic lights
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone or turning around to see what’s happening in the backseat
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy driving
These are not the only causes of pedestrian accidents, but they are among the most common. Unfortunately, as a pedestrian, there is nothing you can do to stop a driver from making one of these mistakes.
Conversely, there are steps you can take to improve your safety:
- Only cross the street when the walk signal tells you it’s okay to do so
- Use crosswalks when at all possible
- Never dart into traffic
When you do these things you will absolutely enhance your safety as a pedestrian.
What happens if a car strikes you?
In the event that a car strikes you, you can’t hesitate to seek medical attention. If possible, call 911 from your cellphone. If you can’t do this, make sure a witness calls for immediate assistance.
Upon receiving medical treatment you’ll soon learn more about your injuries and the impact they’ll have on your life.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, such as if the driver was acting in a negligent manner, you may want to learn more about your legal rights as a pedestrian and how to hold the person responsible for his or her actions.