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Most common pedestrian accidents

According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 70,000 pedestrians are injured and more than 4,000 are killed in pedestrian accidents each year in the United States.

In 2020, there were 6,721 pedestrian fatalities in the country, which is a 3.4% increase over 2019. In addition to fatalities, there were also more than 82,000 pedestrian injuries in 2020.



Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents


Pedestrian accidents can happen for different reasons, but some of the most common types include:


1. Crossing Accidents – Pedestrians walking in crosswalks are often struck by vehicles that fail to yield the right-of-way. This is a common type of accident in urban areas.


2. Backing Accidents: These accidents occur when a vehicle reverses and hits a pedestrian walking behind the vehicle. This can happen in parking lots, driveways, or on residential streets.


3. Intersection Accidents: Pedestrians crossing at an intersection are often struck by turning vehicles. Drivers may not see pedestrians crossing the street or may misjudge the pedestrian’s speed.


4. Distracted Driving Accidents: Drivers who are distracted by their phones, passengers, or other distractions may not see pedestrians walking in front of them.


5. Drunk Driving Accidents – Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have slower reaction times and poor judgment, which can lead to pedestrian accidents.


6. Crossing Failure Accidents: Pedestrians who cross the street outside of designated crosswalks or in areas where pedestrian traffic is not expected are at risk of being struck by vehicles.


7. Speeding Accidents: Drivers who exceed the speed limit may not have enough time to react to pedestrians crossing the street.


It is important that both drivers and pedestrians use caution and follow traffic laws to reduce the risk of accidents, and that pedestrians always use crosswalks and be aware of surrounding vehicles.


If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us as soon as possible. At the Nourmand Law Firm, we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call today!