Who is Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?
Accidents that involve cars and pedestrians can be extremely dangerous, and sometimes fatal.
Every accident is different, and the driver of the car is not always at fault. There are certain precautions that pedestrians and cyclists can take to keep themselves safe. Being aware of the common situations where accidents occur can help prevent danger.
It is also important to determine liability in pedestrian accidents.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. Many pedestrian accidents are the fault of a distracted, impaired, or reckless driver. Many DUI and DWAI cases are involved with pedestrian accidents.
Accidents also frequently occur in busy areas with lots of traffic, large intersections, and construction.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
There are many ways pedestrians can help keep themselves safe while walking. Here are some common tips:
- Avoid walking at night without a flashlight or reflective gear
- Follow all traffic rules, including stop lights designated for pedestrians
- Walk on the sidewalk
- Avoid walking when you are under the influence to lower your risk
- Avoid walking while distracted, including being on the phone or listening to music
- Use crosswalks when possible
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