How Pedestrian Accidents Can Happen

Whenever a car and a pedestrian get involved in an accident, it is almost always the pedestrian that gets the short end of the stick. This is obviously because of the lack of protections. Car drivers have airbags, seatbelts, and the entire vehicles as shields. But pedestrians don’t have anything, not even a helmet.
According to the website, pedestrians who have been hurt in accidents may have legal options, which is good news. But preventing accidents is still the better option even if you can get monetary compensation from the responsible party. To effectively prevent pedestrian accidents, you should know first how they typically occur.

Crossing on unmarked crosswalks

Crosswalks exist so that pedestrians can cross roads safely. They typically appear on intersections, and some pedestrians don’t have the patience to walk up to the intersection just to cross the street, so they cross the street anyway even on spots that do not have crosswalks.
Pedestrians are not supposed to cross there, so drivers do not expect them, and therefore don’t have the proper reaction time to avoid collisions if the pedestrians decided to cross.

Crossing behind obstructions

Remember that there are drivers on the road, and they need to see you so they can react properly. If you try to cross the street while being covered by an obstruction that will make the drivers fail to see you, like a parked car, you will more likely take the drivers by surprise, which may result into a pedestrian accident.

Not looking left and right

Crossing is really one of the most dangerous things a pedestrian can do, but it is necessary for mobility. Even if you cross the street in a crosswalk and have the green light, you will never know when a negligent or reckless driver will show up, so you may still end up getting hit by a car. Even if you have right of way, make sure to look left, right, and left again before crossing.

Wearing dark clothing

As you can conclude from the other entries, visibility is an important factor in pedestrian safety. One of the things that can compromise that is dark clothing, especially if you are in poorly-lit areas, because you can blend into the dark so well that drivers will not be able to see you properly, until you are already in their direct front and they will not be able to react fast enough to avoid an accident.
As much as possible, wear easily visible colors, but if it is not preventable, at least avoid crossing dark areas even if you have right of way.

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