For many people in cities, walking is their main way of getting from one place to another. Residents of Mandeville, New Orleans, and other parts of Louisiana may want to know more about how walking may sometimes be hazardous.
Negligent drivers may cause accidents. Local governments, and even the pedestrians themselves, may be to blame for the incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 76,000 pedestrians were injured, and 4,743 others died in traffic crashes in 2012. Many of these occurred in Chicago.
Some common causes
Some of the most frequent causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:
- The failure to yield right-of-way by the pedestrian or motorist
- Left turns
- Distracted driving
- Intoxication from alcohol or drugs
- Poor visibility
- Defective traffic features
Both pedestrians and motorists failing to yield the right-of-way
Either the pedestrian or motorist may have the legal right to proceed. An example is a pedestrian using a crosswalk when directed to by the light. The motorist must allow him or her to cross safely.
Vehicles making a left turn are more likely to hit a pedestrian. The driver may be busy looking at oncoming traffic and miss seeing the person in the crosswalk. An accident may result.
This can happen when a motorist is eating or drinking while driving. Using a cellphone may also cause a distraction and lack of attention being paid to a crossing pedestrian. Flipping channels on the radio or web browsing may also be the culprits.
Intoxication from alcohol or drugs
This is the leading cause of accidents in the U.S., so it is not surprising that pedestrians may sustain injuries by those motorists with impaired skills. Impaired drivers, as well as intoxicated pedestrians, may make poor decisions when on the road (or sidewalk).
Defective traffic features
Poor road conditions may cause pedestrian accidents. Traffic features, such as crosswalks, may be missing or not placed correctly. Local government is usually responsible.
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, it may be wise to consult an attorney with a background in handling pedestrian accidents. He or she may help you protect your rights and quickly resolve an injury issue.