Motor vehicle related pedestrian accidents are most likely to occur in urban areas, due to the increased amount of population, traffic and distracted drivers. Cities like New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts see far too many people being hit by cars annually. Here are some tips to help prevent Auto-Pedestrian Accidents.

Common Causes Of Auto-Pedestrian Car Accidents
Getting struck by a car while walking will most likely leave the victim with serious personal injury, and in some cases wrongful death, leaving the surviving family members to pick up the pieces. Most of the time when a pedestrian is struck by a car, it is due to the driver’s negligence. A few of the most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Disobeying traffic signals or signs
  • Failing to use directionals
  • Disregarding poor weather or traffic conditions
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Tips to Help Prevent Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

  • Always follow posted speed limits, especially in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic. This is more important in areas that have lower speed limits, such as school zones and neighborhood streets where pedestrians are likely to appear.
  • Overall visibility is limited in worse weather conditions and poorly lit areas. Not only is it harder for drivers to see oncoming pedestrians, it also is difficult for pedestrians to see vehicles. Keep your lights are on and use your signals properly. be extra cautious in these circumstances.
  • Watch out for pedestrians when pulling into and out of driveways – especially if you are backing out. Pedestrians can easily enter your path without your knowledge.
  • Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Allow enough room between your vehicle and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the pedestrians you have stopped for.

Drop the Distraction!

Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in general, and auto-pedestrian accidents are no exception. In the quick moment that you look down to check a text, a person could appear in front of your vehicle. Wait until you get to your destination to take care of texting, emails, eating, etc…

Contact An Experienced New Bedford Auto-Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of a pedestrian accident due to a distracted driver’s negligence, make sure to talk to one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the settlement that you deserve.

The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir

*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.

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