Pedestrian accidents can be caused by a number of factors, from negligent or inattentive driving to poorly designed intersections.  If you have been injured in a car accident of any kind, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Continue reading to learn about the three most common causes of pedestrian accidents.

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High Traffic

One recent assessment of pedestrian injuries reported that most occur between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, while most fatalities happen at night between 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm. One reason given for the increase in injuries is the extra traffic congestion that occurs in nearly every American city during rush hour. This traffic crunch may cause frustrated drivers to make irresponsible choices, including speeding through a yellow light, failing to use caution when passing another car, or failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Reckless Driving

The increase in nighttime fatalities may be due to drivers who are impaired by poor visibility or alcohol. Speeding is another major cause of pedestrian accidents, as it both increases the chances of collision and makes it more difficult for a pedestrian to avoid a reckless driver.

Unsafe Pedestrians

Auto drivers are not the only ones who sometimes ignore important traffic signals and rules of the road. Pedestrian jaywalking includes entering a street against a walk signal, crossing the street where there is no crosswalk, and walking along a street with, rather than against, the traffic flow. In addition to jaywalking, unsafe behaviors like failing to yield to drivers, standing between or leaning on parked cars, and standing in a roadway contribute to pedestrian accidents.

Drivers and pedestrians share a responsibility to keep the streets safe for everyone. If you have suffered a personal injury due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the expert trial lawyers at the Gaithersburg office of Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law at (301) 840-0404 today to learn more about our specialized areas of practice.

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