Pedestrian accidents occur when a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle. There are a wide variety of situations that may lead to a pedestrian accident. Regardless of the cause, pedestrian accidents may be very traumatic. In most cases, pedestrians have little to no protection when being struck by a moving vehicle. This leads to a high number of pedestrian fatalities.
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Five causes of pedestrian accidents include:
One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents is a driver just not paying attention to the things going on around them. The second leading cause is actually related to the first. Driver confusion refers to area with high numbers of tourists, who may not be familiar with the roads or the driving laws. Drivers watching their GPS systems, trying to read directions while driving, or trying to watch for road signs are more likely to not notice pedestrians. Aggressive drivers are more likely to drive under the assumption that pedestrians will watch out for them.
Unlike the top three causes, the last two are caused by the local government, opposed to drivers. Dangerous intersections and missing or confusing road signs may lead to pedestrian accidents because the pedestrians are either not visible to the drivers or there is clear confusion regarding who has the right of way. The majority of pedestrian accidents happen between Friday and Sunday, and a considerable number happen between the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm. This information makes sense considering the leading cause of pedestrian accidents is inattentive drivers.
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