Learn the Top Five Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Rancho Cucamonga CA
Pedestrian accidents are some of the most common fatal accidents because pedestrians have little to no protection when they are walking down the street. Knowing the most common causes of these accidents could help prevent more of them. Keep reading to learn the top five causes of pedestrian accidents and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrians Walking in Motorist Areas
While not all streets have sidewalks or even shoulders, most do. When a pedestrian walks in the street or in another place where pedestrians are not generally present, they run a higher risk of being struck. Why? Partially because drivers do not expect to see a pedestrian in the area and therefore are much less likely to be looking out for them.
When the weather is bad, there are a number of ways that this can increase pedestrian accidents. If it is foggy and a driver cannot see well, then they are more likely to strike a pedestrian. If it is raining or there is ice on the road, then a driver will likely have a hard time stopping. Coupled with the decrease in visibility that often comes along with this type of weather and it is easy to see why this would lead to an increase in accidents.
Lack of Light
The safest time for a person to walk is during the day when drivers can see best. However, if you are going to walk at night, try to find streets that are well lit. Wear bright, reflective clothing so that drivers can more easily see you. Avoid streets that are not well lit. If you are a driver, take extra care to keep an eye out for pedestrians when it is dark.
There are two age demographics that are much more likely to be the victim of pedestrian accidents. Young children often do not know not to dart into the street or how to look both ways before crossing the street. Likewise, drivers cannot always see these shorter pedestrians. Seniors citizens are also more likely to be the victim of this type of accident because their reflexes are slower and their vision is often worse.
Being Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
If a person walks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are more likely to act impulsively, are less likely to be able to judge distances, and are more likely to take risks. Likewise, drivers who are intoxicated have significantly slower reaction rates. If either party is under the influence, then they are risking everyone on the road.
If you have been involved in a car accident or the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.