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.
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!