Summer is approaching and as more people spend time outdoors, California drivers may encounter more pedestrians on local roads. When vehicles and walkers, joggers, and other pedestrians cross paths, dangerous collisions can occur. In some circumstances, preventable pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligence and poor choices of distracted and irresponsible drivers.
There are many proactive steps that drivers can take to avoid and prevent pedestrian accidents. This post will identify some of the ways that drivers can avoid negligence to prevent collisions with individuals on foot. It is important to remember, though, that not all drivers will follow these steps to avoid pedestrian accidents. Victims of pedestrian collisions have legal rights and may be able to seek compensation for the damages they incur from their ordeals.
Driver negligence as a factor in pedestrian accidents
Whenever a driver is behind the wheel of their car, they must make a multitude of decisions about how best to approach each situation they face. When they are in an intersection, when there is construction, or when weather conditions are bad, they must adjust their driving to remain safe and avoid collisions. Unfortunately, not all drivers make these modifications and when pedestrians are present, serious accidents can happen.
Some of the dangerous and negligent practices that drivers can engage in that cause pedestrian accidents can include:
- Breaking the law: Speeding, running stop signs or red lights, and not using turn signals can all result in pedestrian accidents.
- Distracted driving: Taking one’s eyes off the road is a common way that collisions occur.
- Drunk driving: Drinking alcohol before driving can cause problems for drivers and impact their ability to safely operate their vehicles.
When a driver engages in a dangerous or negligent practice, they can lose control of their vehicle and cause injuries to others.
Protecting victims of pedestrian accidents
When a person is hit by a motor vehicle, they can suffer serious injuries. The harm they sustained can be painful, significant, and long-lasting. The costs that a victim may incur from their involvement in a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming.
This legal post does not provide advice. It suggests, though, that victims of personal injury accidents like pedestrian accidents seek counsel from trusted personal injury attorneys. They may have claims to seek compensation for their losses.