Four Driving Habits that Put Pedestrians at Risk

Four Driving Habits that Put Pedestrians at Risk

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 13-Sep-2017

It might surprise you to learn that when it comes to car accidents, the group who is suffering more and more injuries each year isn’t even in one of the cars involved at all. Pedestrians often find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time when drivers lose control of their vehicle or have their attention taken away at the wrong moment. What may also surprise you is how many of these accidents were preventable: driver behavior increases the risk of a pedestrian injury, and many drivers don’t even realize they’re putting someone else’s safety in jeopardy. Here are four common driving habits that place pedestrians at a greater risk that drivers may not even know about.

Driving Distracted

Changing the radio station, eating an on-the-go meal, or sending a text message are all activities that cause you to divert your attention away from the road in front of you. When you take your attention away, you could briefly miss the presence of a pedestrian, resulting in an accident that could cause them serious injuries.

Not Checking Blind Spots

Drivers have a hard time noticing anything that’s in their blind spots, and yet few make the effort to look over their shoulders and make sure they’re in the clear before executing a maneuver such as a turn or lane change. Pedestrians are often hurt because they have entered a driver’s blind spot and the driver failed to adequately check their surroundings before proceeding.

Not Paying Attention to Traffic Around Them

Believe it or not, the traffic around you can be one of the largest indicators as to the presence of a pedestrian. If you’re coming up to a light that’s green but none of the cars waiting for it are proceeding, that’s usually a giveaway that there’s still a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Blowing through that intersection in an open lane could result in hitting that pedestrian.

Not Waiting at Crosswalks

We’re all in a hurry, so waiting for a pedestrian in a crosswalk can seem like a real chore, especially when they’re walking so slowly and you could easily just cut right in front of them and get through without putting them in any danger. What you don’t realize is that other pedestrians may be walking in front of your car at the same time (which happens quite frequently). Always wait for all pedestrians to clear a crosswalk before proceeding through.

As Orlando car accident lawyers, we’re dedicated to helping pedestrians who have been injured in car accidents get the compensation they deserve. Call The Maher Law Firm today at (855) 338-0720!
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