Common Causes of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accident fatalities decreased from 2006 to 2009 in the United States. However, these unfortunate accidents have been on a rise ever since. According to studies by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrian deaths in 2013 (4,735) was 15 percent higher than the low of 4,109 in 2009. The GHSA reports that the number of deaths remained the same in 2014 and 2015. These numbers are relatively high and are cause for major concern.
People travel on foot for a variety of reasons and in a variety of locations. Although most foot travel occurs on sidewalks, there are a number of instances in which pedestrians share space with motor vehicles. Most roads are designed primarily to accommodate automobile travel. In some cases, these roads can have design features that can endanger pedestrians. However, there can also be a number of different reasons for pedestrian related motor vehicle accidents. Regardless of what the cause of the accident, pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles can have serious consequences, and are often fatal.
5 Common Causes of Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Collisions
The root cause of most pedestrian motor vehicle collisions is negligence. Although pedestrians aren’t always blameless, it is certainly the case that many motorists struggle to safely operative their cars around pedestrians.
Five common causes of fatal pedestrian accidents include:
- Intoxicated driving
- Running red lights and hitting pedestrians as they cross the street
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
- Distracted driving, such as driving while texting or talking on the phone
- Illegally parked cars making it difficult to see pedestrians and bicycles
Common Injuries Caused By Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Accidents
Not all pedestrian accidents are fatal. However, the results in motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are inevitable. Although the pedestrians may not make it, they will nevertheless suffer serious injuries. The reason for the severity or fatality of these types of accidents is that there is no protection when you are a pedestrian.
Common injuries suffered in pedestrian related motor vehicle accidents include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Head trauma and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These injuries are not just painful and tragic, they also carry with them staggering medical bills. A personal injury lawsuit can help you seek compensation in order to handle the heavy burden brought by the motorist’s negligence.
Call an Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today!
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious pedestrian accident as a result of negligent motorist, you deserve justice and you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.