Pedestrians are largely unprotected against the impact of a large, heavy vehicle, and collisions often lead to serious or fatal injuries. These types of motor vehicle accidents are particularly dangerous, and you may be interested to know they are on the rise in California and throughout the United States.
This rise in pedestrian accidents has been the cause for concern for many, and scientists are working to find out why these accidents are on the rise. There may be several factors to blame, but understanding why they happen could help prevent them in the future. If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident, you could have a right to financial compensation through a personal injury claim.
Why do these accidents happen?
As in many types of accidents, human error and behavior often plays a role in collisions involving pedestrians. As more research goes into the cause of these types of accidents, experts have found that the following factors can influence the likelihood these accidents will happen:
- Drunk driving
In 2016, approximately 6,000 people died in pedestrian accidents. That is a sharp increase from the years before, and the numbers continue to rise now. You may be interested to note that there could be a relation between the number of pedestrian deaths to the number of drivers using smartphones. You know that distracted driving is a serious problem that is not going away and could be a threat to everyone, especially pedestrians.
When a person is looking at a phone or talking on the phone, he or she is not completely engaged with the task at hand, which is driving safely. Consequently, pedestrians and other people may suffer the unfortunate consequences. Some people consider distraction a form of impairment, with the distracting activity affecting the driver much like alcohol or drugs could.
Are you a victim?
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident or you lost a loved one in this type of motor vehicle accident, you have options. You have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury claim. This can help you recover what you spent on medical care and more as well as compensate you for your emotional trauma.
While scientists are still trying to figure out why there are so many pedestrian accidents, you still have the right to hold liable parties considered responsible for the pain and suffering your experienced due to any type of negligent driving.