Why Drivers Might Hit Pedestrians
About 14,000 pedestrians suffered injuries, and nearly 900 died in California when they were hit by drivers. Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, but they are particularly common in parking lots, crosswalks, sidewalks, and intersections.
Unfortunately, when drivers hit pedestrians, it often results in severe injuries, financial losses, and sometimes death. If you’ve been hit and injured by a driver, a Beverly Hills pedestrian accident attorney can pursue the compensation you deserve.
In recent years, distracted driving has become more common with increased cell phone use by drivers. Drivers have become accustomed to texting or otherwise using cell phones while driving, which can cause them to miss a pedestrian.
Some other common distractions that can lead to pedestrian crashes include:
- Adjusting audio and climate controls
- Eating and drinking
- Using GPS
Speeding is a leading cause of all traffic crashes – including pedestrian accidents. Speed increases the stopping distance a driver requires to react to an emergency, and a speeding driver might not be able to stop in time if they notice a pedestrian in their path.
Failure to Yield
Drivers can be impatient and get frustrated with others moving slowly on the roads, including pedestrians. A driver might not want to wait for someone to cross the street before it’s their turn, so they might ignore right-of-way laws and try to get ahead of the pedestrian. If the pedestrian has a “walk” signal or the right-of-way, they can get hit by the impatient driver. Other drivers fail to yield because they are unsure of the rules or might simply not be paying attention.
Speak to an Experienced Beverly Hills Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents often result in life-changing injuries like paralysis, brain injuries, or amputations. Luckily, Jalilvand Law can represent you in any personal injury case associated with pedestrian accidents. Contact us or call us at 310.478.5800 for a free consultation.