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What are the main causes of pedestrian accidents in New York?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Bicycles/Pedestrians Hit By Cars

Walking is a natural part of life and can help you maintain good health. So, it is not surprising that New York is parked with pedestrians on their way to work, the gym or even one of the city’s attractions. But what happens when that morning or evening walk turns into a nightmare?

Every year, thousands of pedestrians are hurt in accidents involving motor vehicles. And that single moment can change the lives of both the pedestrian and the motorist involved in the accident. Accidents involving pedestrians are far too common in New York. Here are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in New York:

Distracted driving

It is easy to think distracted driving is a relatively new hazard on the roadways thanks to the increased prevalence of cellular phones, Wi-Fi systems in cars and other risks. However, distracted driving has been causing accidents long before the arrival of cell phones. 

Distractions like the radio, surrounding traffic and conversations with passengers can take the driver’s attention off the road and result in an accident that involves a pedestrian. 

Failure to give way

“Right of way” refers to the pedestrian or motorist’s right to proceed with precedence in a particular direction. For instance, if a traffic signal clears a pedestrian to go ahead and cross the road at the crosswalk, a motorist must yield way to the pedestrian before driving on. 

Failure to yield way happens when either the pedestrian or motorist violates traffic rules without giving precedence to the rightful party. 

Poor visibility

Multiple factors can reduce visibility on the road, resulting in pedestrian injuries. These include:

  • Bad weather
  • Pedestrian failing to wear reflective clothing at night
  • Objects or vehicles on the road
  • Poor headlights on the vehicle

Being hit by a car can be one of the most traumatic experiences anybody can experience. And with more and more pedestrians taking to the sidewalk, these types of accidents are far too common. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident that involves a pedestrian, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. 

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