Car and truck accidents present significant risks of injury and even death. Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians all face potential fatalities when involved in an accident on New York roads. Pedestrians may face the most significant risks since they lack the protection of an automobile’s frame. Sadly, pedestrian deaths may be on the rise, a warning to all who walk or jog near traffic.
Pedestrians and traffic dangers
Pedestrians face many potential hazards when doing their routine business. Someone walking to the store may need to cross several streets and could do so for years without an incident. The presence of many cars and drivers on the road opens up an “X factor.” That is, the pedestrian never knows what a driver will do on any particular day. The pedestrian may cross the street at a time when an intoxicated driver doesn’t stop at a red light. Getting hit by a vehicle at even a moderate speed could lead to a fatality since a pedestrian has no protection.
Today, more motorists on the road contribute to increased risks. Even when the vast majority drive safely, the number of those driving negligently could put pedestrians and fellow commuters in harm’s way.
Negligence creates hazards for pedestrians
Negligence might be the prime reason for a vehicle-pedestrian incident. Sometimes, the pedestrians are at fault for their injuries. Darting in the middle of the street without looking isn’t advisable. However, drivers frequently contribute fault to accidents. Distracting, fatigued, and intoxicated driving all increase the chances of an accident.
At-fault drivers who hit pedestrians could face civil actions. An insurance policy may have the coverage necessary to pay for some of the losses.
Auto accident injuries come with potentially high medical bills. Persons hurt by a negligent driver may speak with an attorney about how to seek compensation for these and other expenses.