When an accident happens involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian almost always gets the short end of the stick. Some drivers don’t expect to see pedestrians, simply because there are so many people that drive. However, at some point, nearly everyone is a pedestrian, at least for a little while. Even if they are only walking to their car. And both drivers and pedestrians need to be mindful of situations that might invite an accident.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
Pedestrian accidents can happen in a number of different situations, but each circumstance boils down to the ability of both a driver and a pedestrian to effectively look out for one another.
For the drivers part, there are many people who are not expecting to see pedestrians, and therefore don’t. This is especially true at night, after dark when the majority of pedestrian accidents happen. Besides their expectations, drivers also compromise their own driving ability in many ways. While we often are warned about drinking and driving, drivers might also be on their phones, or be excessively sleepy when they head out on the road. All these situations impair reaction time and can cause accidents.
Pedestrians are also somewhat to blame. While some walkers are hit while legally crossing in a designated crosswalk, many don’t follow the rules quite like they should. Official crosswalks should be used whenever possible. Like drivers, pedestrians can also be prone to distraction, and at times walk while intoxicated or while paying closer attention to something else other than the traffic situation around them.
How Big of a Problem are Pedestrian Accidents?
While most drivers and pedestrians know what their roles are supposed to be, pedestrian accidents are still a serious problem. In 2010, well over 4000 pedestrians were killed on the road, and nearly 70,000 were injured.
There are some times when a pedestrian related crash is more likely to occur, and there are also certain people who are at a higher risk for being hit by a car while out walking. More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in 2010 were male, and most of those were walking after 8 p.m. And often on the weekend.
What are you up against?
If you are a pedestrian that has been hit by a vehicle, your first challenge is to survive. Aside from that, a driver’s insurance company may try to find reasons why you were responsible for the accident. Even if you can think of ways you might have avoided the accident doesn’t mean that the driver shouldn’t be held responsible for his role.
While police and insurance companies with both assess the circumstances of an accident, it is likely that both will fall short when it comes to helping you get proper compensation. This is why it is important to keep track of as much information as you can, and contact a personal injury attorney that will stand up for you against the driver’s insurance company.
In the case of a serious accident, you may have more than medical bills to deal with. Some injuries produce long term pain and may affect your ability to work at your current job or your overall earning potential for the remainder of your life.
Whatever your injuries, if you are filing a personal injury suit, life does go on. Don’t be stuck underestimating what difficulties the future might bring after an accident. A personal injury attorney experienced in pedestrian accidents can help you sort out what to expect, and help you get the settlement you deserve.