Nobody expects to walk out the door and become the victim of a pedestrian accident. Yet, it happens every day. According to statistics, a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the United States. In addition to that, a pedestrian gets injured every eight minutes.
What Are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
As a trial attorney for more than thirty years, Daniel J. Caplis has seen many different pedestrian accident cases, stemming from various causes. In most cases, it will involve some sort of distraction on the part of the driver. Distracted driving is a very serious problem that has made our roadways more dangerous.
The most common form of distracted driving is cellphone use. There have been national and state-level programs designated specifically towards creating public awareness around texting while driving. Even if a driver checks his or her texts or clicks play on a podcast, those few seconds could be the difference between life and death.
Other causes of pedestrian accidents include failing to stop for a crosswalk, speeding through neighborhoods and other residential areas, failing to yield to a pedestrian, cutting off a bicyclist in the bicycle lane, and failing to stop at a stop sign or stop light.
The Law Offices of Daniel J. Caplis would encourage you to keep these things in mind when you go out so you can identify potential hazards. If are the victim of a pedestrian accident, it’s important to contact an experienced trial attorney like Daniel J. Caplis who can build your case and help you fight the insurance companies. The goal is to receive maximum financial compensation for any injuries or lost wages stemming from the accident.