Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when operating a vehicle and follow all traffic laws, especially when there are pedestrians around. Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles are quite devastating because walkers, joggers, and even cyclists are completely exposed to the elements, which is why they often lead to serious and fatal injuries.
The following are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:
Distractions – Distracted driving takes your hands away from the steering wheel, your eyes away from the road, and your attention away from the main task of operating a motor vehicle. Common distractions include cellphones, passengers, a GPS device, the radio, as well as eating and drinking while driving. However, pedestrians who are on their phones while crossing the street can also risk being struck by a vehicle.
Alcohol and drugs – Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs endanger everyone on the road, especially pedestrians. Such substances can impair judgment and vigilance, which can make it more difficult to operate a vehicle and even walk on the street.
Failure to yield – According to Texas law, pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. When a driver fails to yield to pedestrians or roll through a stop sign or traffic signal can be held liable if their actions result in a pedestrian accident.
Left-hand turns – Although signaled crosswalks are safer than non-signaled or unmarked crosswalks, a significant portion of pedestrian accidents are caused by cars making left turns. Often, the driver is busy deciding when to turn, while the pedestrian looks straight ahead.
Poor visibility – From poor weather conditions and driving at night to pedestrians wearing dark clothes or blinded by the bright lights of an approaching car, a lack of visibility is one of the main cause of pedestrian accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Plano or Fort Worth, contact Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today at 888-4-ZEN-LAW
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