It’s a common misconception that pedestrians are never at fault in vehicle-pedestrian collisions. While pedestrians should almost always be given the right-of-way, pedestrians can certainly be either wholly or partially at fault for a traffic accident. Here are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in which the pedestrian may share fault:
- Jaywalking – Jaywalking is one of the most common traffic violations and many people do not take crosswalks as seriously as they do. If you cross the road in a non-marked location, your chances of being struck by a vehicle increase dramatically.
- Crossing against a signal – If you are crossing the street in a crosswalk but the Do Not Walk sign is flashing, you are still breaking the law. You are also putting yourself in danger.
- Walking in restricted areas – Many highways and interstate prohibit pedestrians because vehicles are traveling at such high speeds and because the roads are not designed for people on foot. It is also always illegal to walk on railroad tracks. If you walk in a restricted area, you may be at least partially at fault if you are struck by a vehicle.
- Intoxication – Drinking isn’t just dangerous for those who get behind a wheel. Drinking (or using drugs) and then walking can lead to a serious pedestrian accident, especially if you are walking at night or in high traffic areas.
- Inattention and distraction – You were probably taught as a child to look both ways before crossing the street. Do you? Or are you distracted by a mobile device, a conversation, or simply your own thoughts? Distractions can cause you to step out into traffic or walk into the path of a vehicle.
How do these issues affect your potential personal injury claim? That depends on the state you live in, as well as the specific circumstances of your case. To learn more, speak with an experienced accident attorney about your claim by calling Voss Law Firm today: 888-614-7730.