3 Things Negligent Drivers Should Do to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents result in some of the most serious injuries for victims and can leave them and their families physically, emotionally, and financially devastated. Pedestrians do not have the same protections that vehicular passengers do, which often means more serious and life-threatening injuries for pedestrian victims. After their accidents, many victims become overwhelmed with the expensive medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages that occurred because of their accident. No victim should have to suffer this way, especially when the negligent driver that caused their accident could have prevented the accident if they had followed necessary safety precautions. A few of the things reckless drivers should have done to prevent pedestrian accidents are listed below.
- Check the crosswalk before turning on green: Crosswalks are among the most common places that pedestrian accidents occur. Drivers check for vehicles when making a left or right turn if they have the green light, but they often fail to yield to pedestrians. In these situations, pedestrians have the right of way, even if cars have a green light. Many people rush through these lights when they see the green, failing to look out for a pedestrian that likewise has the right to cross.
- Put down their phones: Distracted driving is an epidemic in the United States and contributes considerably to a variety of vehicular accidents, including collisions with pedestrians. Talking, texting, and the use of mobile applications causes drivers to split their attention between the roadways and their phone, a dangerous game that often results in accidents, serious injuries, and even death. By putting down their cellphones, many reckless drivers could have prevented pedestrian accidents and saved their victim from overwhelming suffering and financial burden.
- Drive the legal speed: Speed is a huge factor in many accidents. High speeds can cause drivers to lose control over their vehicles, resulting in collisions with other vehicles or with pedestrians. It may also cause drivers not to be able to break in time at a red light or crosswalk, which could also result in a pedestrian accident. In addition to causing accidents, high speeds can worsen the damage of accidents and are associated with more severe injuries. Many negligent drivers could have prevented the accident they caused by driving the legal speed.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help make up for the losses you suffered. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is here to help you every step of the way. Pedestrian accidents can devastate victims’ lives and leave them feeling helpless. No victim should have to suffer in this way, and our experienced legal team is committed to fighting for the legal and financial justice our clients deserve to help them through this trying time in their lives. If you have any questions or want to speak to one of our qualified Madison pedestrian accident attorneys, please contact us at (608) 255-6663 today.