Accidents involving pedestrians can have devastating consequences as they have very little chance of being uninjured when a car hits them. For this reason, it is essential to know the causes to prevent pedestrian accidents and work to improve adverse conditions. Next, we will know the factors that can generate this type of accident, dividing them according to the parties’ responsibilities.
Driver’s Responsibilities in Pedestrian Accidents
In the case of the driver, it may be due to being distracted while driving, performing dangerous maneuvers, exceeding the maximum speed, having consumed alcohol or drugs, and disobeying traffic signs.
Pedestrians are often responsible for their accidents, for example, by being distracted and not paying attention or crossing the street outside the pedestrian lane. Another factor may be not being visible enough when wearing dark clothing at night.
External Factors: Beyond Control
Unfortunately, other reasons go beyond the driver’s or pedestrian’s control and involve external factors such as environmental conditions, poor weather conditions, infrastructure problems, and poor street design that make them dangerous.
Prevention Strategies for Safer Streets and Pedestrians
It is important to have prevention strategies to reduce accidents and thus keep everyone safer. This can be achieved through public education policies on traffic rules for cars and pedestrians, improvements in road infrastructure to make them less dangerous and better lit, and more rigorous enforcement of traffic laws with controls and penalties.
California Pedestrian Accidents: Seeking Compensation
Suppose you were a victim of this type of accident in California and are having a hard time recovering physically, emotionally, and financially. In that case, you need a legal team to defend your rights and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
At J&Y Law, we offer the first free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you on its strengths and what you can expect from this process. We will not charge you a single dollar until we win your case.