The most vulnerable users of our roads are not small cars or even motorcycles. They are pedestrians. Pedestrians lack the steel cage and safety devices of cars. They also lack the speed and maneuverability of motorcycles. Even a low-speed collision of a car with a pedestrian can be fatal.
All of us are pedestrians if only to cross a road from where our cars are parked. Therefore it is important that everyone be aware of the dangers that cars pose to pedestrians. This awareness promotes greater safety among pedestrians when they are on the street and make them safer drivers when they get into a car. Factors contributing to car accidents with pedestrians are examined next:
Sometimes roads and streets are not well designed from a pedestrian safety point of view. Roads and highways especially in rural areas often have minimal to no shoulder room for pedestrians to walk safely on. Pedestrians rounding a blind curve in these conditions are at high risk. In urban environments, traffic is more congested in terms of both pedestrians and cars. In such a busy environment, motorists are less likely to notice the lone pedestrian.
Many intersections either lack crossing lights or have poorly timed lights that allow inadequate crossing time. The lack of mid block pedestrian crossings force people to either jaywalk or walk long distances in order to use crossing lights at intersections. Poor sidewalks may force people with mobility problems to use the street. In addition, trees and bushes growing into sidewalks force pedestrians to go into the street to get around these obstacles. Some roads have no sidewalks at all.
Many drivers do not take pedestrians into account when they are on the road. Their driving is governed by the actions of other motorists and other factors. Many adjust their driving to pedestrians only as a last second reaction to avoid hitting them.
Motorists frequently drive too fast and drive in a distracted state of mind. Speed reduces reaction time, increases stopping distance, and increases the lethality of collisions with pedestrians. When coupled with distracted driving, the motorist is at high risk of injuring or killing a pedestrian. This is a risk that few drivers fully appreciate.
If you or someone you love has been struck by a car, don’t hesitate to seek the counsel of a San Juan Capistrano injury attorney. Silverthorne Attorneys have extensive experience in this area and will work to get you the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver. To discuss the details of your case, contact us today for a free consultation.