Common Factors and Concerns – Pedestrian hit by Car

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the U.S. in 2015.

That means, on average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.6 hours. This does not even include the roughly 129,000 pedestrians treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries that year.

While safety is always crucial in the driving context, it is particularly critical when it comes to pedestrian interactions.

Let’s look at some driver and pedestrian responsibilities that help minimize these very real risks. Call (832) 463-1003 to speak to an attorney.

What responsibilities do I have as a pedestrian?

Typically, a pedestrian has the right of way. However, a pedestrian always has a general duty to exercise reasonable care and caution and remain alert.

Pedestrians also have specific responsibilities.

Pedestrians must cross streets inside the crosswalk. They must also only cross a street when the walk signal indicates it is time to cross.

Pedestrians cannot interrupt traffic by darting out into the street or jaywalking.

Even when crossing after the signal indicates it is safe, pedestrians should remain cautious and look both ways before crossing.

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What responsibilities do I have as a driver?

Remember, all drivers are charged with the general duty to exercise reasonable care and caution.

Drivers also have various specific responsibilities they must take seriously.

Drivers must always obey any posted speed limit, particularly in school zones.

When turning, drivers must use their turn signals to let pedestrians and other drivers know they are about to turn. They must also reasonably adjust their speed to any changes in weather and road conditions.

Drivers must also share the road with any bicyclists and adjust their speed and decisions accordingly.

And, of course, drivers must observe the crosswalk before they turn to ensure no pedestrians are crossing. If pedestrians are present in a crosswalk, drivers must always yield.

Drivers must also take greater care when nearby pedestrians are children.

Children are often unaware of potential safety risks or traffic laws. And, as we all know, children have difficulty measuring risks and making wise decisions.

Drivers must also constantly remain alert. Distracted, intoxicated, or exhausted drivers put other drivers and pedestrians at greater risk for injury.

Remaining alert as a driver also means not using a cellphone while driving.