5 Top Reasons Pedestrians Get Hit by Automobiles

You often hear about cars hitting one another, resulting in a minor injury to one of the car’s occupants. But how often do you hear about a car hitting a pedestrian that results in only a minor injury? That is because the human body it filled with water, muscles, and bones that easily break; and while an estimated 70,000 people were hit by cars last year, almost 5,000 died, and the number continues to grow. Here are the top five reasons pedestrians get hit by automobiles.

Electronics

Drivers and pedestrians should both follow the no-texting rule, but when one decides to use their cellphone to text, change music selections, or choose a new podcast, the result can be deadly. Paying attention to the road, whether you are on foot, skateboard, bicycle, or driving can save someone’s life.

Alcohol

Whether it is alcohol or another foreign substance that alters the senses, driving under the influence can change many lives in a single moment. The same is true for pedestrians that have lost their sense of reference due to drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you love becomes a victim, contact a personal injury Tampa attorney for information on what you can do to fight back.

Clothing

Over 70 percent of the accidents that happen between pedestrians and vehicles occur at night, and the majority of the people that were hit were wearing dark clothing. Campaigns have long marketed reflective clothing for bikers, but little has been said about what pedestrians or nightwalkers should wear to protect themselves.

Inattention

Drivers are responsible for coming to a full stop at a right-hand turn unless the light is green. That is why the number of times a person is hit while stepping into the crosswalk is surprising. Although the driver may believe they have the right of way, the pedestrian should be given access to cross before the driver turns. Inattention can result in a deadly situation.

Weather

Ice, rain, snow, sleet, and fog can all attribute to a driver’s inability to see and safely navigate around a pedestrian. In fact, there are many times the vehicle is unable to stop because of the weather such as black ice or water coated oil patches. Walking in fog can also be dangerous for pedestrians, even with reflective clothing.

Both driver and pedestrian negligence can result in a serious or deadly accident. If you have questions about what your rights are after an accident, contact an attorney.