Do you like running on the sidewalks or perhaps walking to work or the store? Maybe you prefer walking instead of driving for fitness, to get some fresh air or just because you like the relaxing feeling of not having to rush to your destination.
Regardless of the reason, the more time you spend around traffic, the more you are exposed to potential accident risks. To help you avoid being injured, you may want to consider why drivers cause these accidents.
The role of alcohol
First of all, impairment is a major problem. Though it can have other causes — illegal drug use, the use of legal medications, etc. — crashes often result from alcohol consumption. In fact, some studies have found that alcohol is a factor in nearly half of all deadly pedestrian accidents.
Ignoring traffic signals
Drivers also cause serious accidents when they don’t heed traffic signals. For instance, a driver may speed up to make a yellow light, wind up running the red light and hit a pedestrian as they step into the crosswalk.
A lack of awareness
Similarly, many drivers simply lack awareness of what is happening around them because they’re too busy focusing only on themselves. For example, a driver turning right may turn as soon as the light turns green, despite the fact that pedestrians are trying to cross the road. The driver is supposed to wait until they cross to turn, but many drivers just turn without thinking.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.