For 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that there were 6,590 pedestrian fatalities for the year. Not only was this a 5% increase from the 6,227 pedestrian fatalities of 208, but it would mean that 2019 was one of the most fatal years for pedestrians in over 30 years. With pedestrian fatality numbers on the rise and even more pedestrians injured in crashes, it seems more important than ever that we talk about some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. Once more people become aware of these causes, we can all hopefully work together to help prevent them from occurring.
What are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Both pedestrian as well as driver behavior can play contributing roles in causing pedestrian accidents. For instance, pedestrians that exhibit reckless behavior such as crossing outside of crosswalks or walking while distracted by things like mobile devices, are often at a higher risk of being injured in an accident. Even those pedestrians who are using sidewalks and crosswalks need to be aware of their surroundings. Paying attention to what is going on around them can literally be the difference between life or death.
Drivers who also display dangerous behaviors also are a major contributing factor in pedestrian accidents. For instance, driving while intoxicated is a common cause of pedestrian accidents. When a driver is inebriated or is under the influence of drugs, this means that his or her judgment is impaired. Reaction time is slowed. The ability to safely operate a vehicle and be fully aware and reactive to surroundings is dangerously diminished. These are all reasons why driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol plays such a common role in pedestrian accidents.
Distracted driving is also a major problem as it commonly causes pedestrian accidents. It only takes a second of removing a driver’s attention from the road for a devastating accident to occur. Drivers are more distracted than ever by their phones and mobile devices. Furthermore, drivers continue to seem to believe that they can safely eat, drink, and engage in extensive conversations all while being able to adequately and safely operate a vehicle. This persistence of multitasking while driving is a common cause of terrible pedestrian accidents.
Inclement weather is also one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. There is only, however, so much you can blame on the weather. In the event of rain, snow, or other weather-related situations where visibility may be reduced and traction may be difficult to maintain for a vehicle, a driver should respond accordingly. When the weather impairs a drivers ability to safely operate their vehicle, precautions should be taken such as reduction in speed.
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