No single factor is fully responsible for the problem of pedestrian-vehicle collisions that result in injuries and deaths. A combination of unsafe pedestrian behavior, vehicle and driver factors, problematic physical environments, and other special conditions contribute to them. 7 This list of factors is not exhaustive, but rather highlights some common causes of pedestrian-vehicle collisions that result in injuries and deaths. However, some pedestrian crossings are not signposted.
Others are marked relatively discreetly (faded paint, for example). Even if you can cross a street without crossing recklessly, you could end up in the hospital or morgue, due to a lack of driver attention. Distracted driving accidents have multiplied in recent decades as the popularity of portable devices has skyrocketed. Texting while driving is illegal in Indiana, making it easy to establish negligence against a texting driver.
This law seems appropriate, considering that a texting driver can travel along a football field without even looking at the road. Mobile phones aren't the only culprits when it comes to distracted driving. Loud music, talking to a passenger, and even shaving in the rearview mirror can be distracting when driving. Remember that pedestrians can also cause accidents, from activities such as reckless crossing and distractions, such as using a cell phone.
The fragility of the human body combined with the camouflage effect of dark clothing at night results in a deadly concoction. After all, a motorist can't help but hit you if you can't see it. If you wear dark clothing at night, assume that you are invisible to motorists and take precautions consistent with this assumption. Pedestrian accidents happen after night more often than during the day.
Recklessly crossing the street is crossing a road outside a pedestrian crossing, whether marked or unmarked. Outside pedestrian crossings, it is the pedestrian who must give way to the driver. Reckless crossing is by far the most common way pedestrians cause accidents that injure or kill them. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident while crossing recklessly, you may only be entitled to reduced compensation or no compensation.
Reduced visibility can be due to weather conditions, road conditions (a blind curve, for example), defective headlights, improperly adjusted mirrors, or improper use of headlights. Using bright headlights in fog, for example, only further reduces visibility. As a result, pedestrians often exceed sidewalk capacity, encouraging pedestrian use of streets. As mentioned above, most pedestrian injuries and deaths occur in urban areas, no doubt, partly because cities have more vehicles and more pedestrians compared to non-urban areas.
For example, while pedestrians who haven't drunk alcohol are more aware of the increased risk of walking, drunk pedestrians tend to be more oblivious to traffic conditions, poor lighting, and bad weather. One study found that of 176 pedestrian deaths, 86 of them involved pedestrians who had been drinking, almost all of whom had BAC of 0.10 percent or more. The main causes of pedestrian accidents are speeding, driving too fast when it is raining, snowing, foggy, dark, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly, ignoring traffic signs and not giving way. The amount of compensation that can result from the main causes of pedestrian accidents will largely come from at-fault driver liability insurance coverage.
Specifically, crossing the street recklessly is cited as poor pedestrian behavior leading to pedestrian injuries and deaths. The higher the pedestrian and vehicle traffic, the greater the chances that pedestrians and vehicles will meet on the street. The physical design of a city and its pedestrian transport routes and crossing devices can encourage some pedestrians to cross or enter roads in unsafe situations. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, an experienced lawyer can help protect your rights to recover compensation for pain and suffering, excessive medical expenses, and lost wages and other economic damages from the at-fault driver who caused the accident that injured you.
In addition, if a pedestrian tries to go to the opposite side of an intersection after crossing a street, the pedestrian will have to cross the adjacent street. In fact, pedestrians who regularly use certain paths or crosswalks are likely to reduce waiting time at crosswalks. Signals from other pedestrians affect the caution and walking behavior of pedestrians who share the same intersection or route. Pedestrians who have been drinking are at an even greater risk of dying in traffic, accounting for 39 to 60 percent of all pedestrian deaths.
Some pedestrians may comply with walking regulations because of their personal preferences or habits, while other pedestrians estimate the risk of being caught by the police based on the benefits of crossing the street unchecked. . .