Pedestrian accidents are increasing in the country. As the most vulnerable on the road, pedestrians need drivers to look out for them. They cannot protect themselves on their own, but many times, it is the drivers who are putting them at the most risk.
USAToday explains researchers looked into some specific factors or situations that have led to an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents. Here is a look at a few of the top things making roads less safe for pedestrians.
Distracted driving is becoming more common
Distracted driving is a serious problem on the roads. Not only does it lead to serious crashes, but it also is a factor in why pedestrian accidents are climbing. Drivers must pay attention in areas where many people are walking, but distractions, such as cell phones or eating, can take their focus off driving and reduce their ability to spot issues or react quickly.
Drivers do not understand the right of way
Right of way refers to who has the legal right to be on the road. Many drivers feel they always have the right of way if there is not a marked crosswalk. However, in most cases, the law gives pedestrians the right of way and requires vehicles to yield. This is especially true at intersections, even if there are no crosswalks.
More SUVs on the road equals more risk
SUVs are more likely than cars to cause fatal pedestrian accidents, and their numbers on the road are increasing. With more SUVs, the chances of dying in an accident increase greatly due to where the vehicle hits the body. SUVs hit at torso level, whereas cars hit the legs.
Pedestrian accidents are avoidable if everyone pays attention to the roads. Drivers must look out for people walking, and walkers should adhere to all road laws. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a car, contact Conlon Tarker, P.C. today.