Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable people on the road, because they do not have protective gears that can absorb the force of collisions. They get all the force from the accident, and sometimes, they even strike their head into the ground, causing further damage.
Because of this vulnerability, pedestrians and drivers should be diligent at the same time. It is not just about pedestrians respecting the right of way, or drivers yielding to those who cannot wait to cross the road. Just like traffic, it’s a two-way effort. According to the website www.shw-law.com, pedestrian accidents involving a reckless or negligent party may be liable for personal injury lawsuits.
To avoid injuries and lawsuits, it is best to stay diligent on the road.
Not because a pedestrian is in a crosswalk it already means that he is not at fault. If he is disrupting the flow of traffic unnecessarily, like when there is a green light for vehicles to pass, he may have caused his own accident. Pedestrians may be the most vulnerable in the road, but it doesn’t mean that they are entitled to just dart in front of vehicles. Like mentioned earlier, traffic safety requires the effort of both pedestrian and driver.
Being distracted by unnecessary thoughts and foreign objects like food and mobile phones can cause collisions. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, it is important to keep your eyes on the road and put your focus on the task of walking or driving. It only takes a single second of distraction for an accident to occur.
Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, whether you are a pedestrian or driver, puts you at risk. The bodily effects of alcohol and drugs can cause physical and mental impairments that may affect your ability to walk or drive diligently, make proper decisions on the road, and react to stimuli.
Right of way
Failing to stop on stop signs and traffic signals, yield to pedestrians that have the right of way on crosswalks, yield to vehicles that have the green light, are some of the most common right of way issues. It is simply a matter of being courteous. If a vehicle or a pedestrian has the right of way, let it pass first.
When a driver is going at a high rate of speed, he has less time to react to unexpected scenarios, like pedestrians suddenly crossing the road. He may also lose control, jump the curb, and crash into unsuspecting pedestrians in the sidewalk.
Other negligent acts
Reckless and negligence is perhaps the most common cause of pedestrian accidents. In the case of drivers, these acts may include failure to consider weather conditions, obey traffic rules, signal during turns, and take U-turns on proper U-turn spots.
In the case of pedestrians, these acts may involve crossing the street on unmarked crosswalks, ignoring walk signals in intersections, and wearing dark clothing in dark areas.
The key to a pedestrian and driver safe road is the effective cooperation between the two. Both pedestrian and driver should observe diligence and compliance to safety regulations, because one is not more entitled than the other.