During the year 2020, more than 7,000 pedestrians were killed on American highways in traffic accidents. According to data, most of these deaths occur in urban areas during night hours, which means that many of these may have been prevented.
Frequently, people affected by pedestrian accidents suffer serious back or head injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, among others. These injuries often require extensive surgery and physical therapy before the person can walk again and resume normal life.
While these accidents can be caused by many reasons, many of which are related to negligent behavior on the part of the driver, the most common include:
It may not surprise you, but most pedestrian accidents occur in conditions caused by impaired vision for drivers. This includes factors such as driving at night, bad weather, and poorly designed roads. Although drivers will always drive slowly first thing in the morning or late in the evening, not all of them do. They can easily accelerate around sharp turns or curvy hills, completely unaware that someone is crossing a crosswalk.
Dangerous points on the road
Finally, it is not surprising that the majority of pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings, rather than suburban or rural areas. Although rural and suburban streets are typically not as well lit as urban ones, there are typically fewer drivers and pedestrians in these areas. People also tend to drive slower to adjust to winding roads and low light conditions. Due to these two factors, walking through an urban environment, especially if sidewalks and crosswalks are not used properly, can be highly dangerous.
No one wants to be involved in an accident, but if you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, knowing how to determine who is at fault in pedestrian accidents is crucial. This is where our team of expert lawyers comes into play, contact us and we will help you find the real person responsible for the injuries suffered during a night accident.