If you walk to work, jog for exercise or simply like to relax and clear your mind by going for a walk, it is important to understand the risk of a traffic accident. Unfortunately, many pedestrians are injured and even killed when they are struck by vehicles, such as large trucks and cars. Moreover, some pedestrians are hit by motorcycles and these accidents often result in serious injuries or the loss of life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents during 2017. Pedestrian accidents have many different repercussions in a victim’s life and the consequences vary from one accident to the next.
Reviewing how pedestrian accidents occur
There are various ways in which pedestrians are struck by vehicles. Sometimes, a pedestrian is hit by a driver or someone riding a scooter in a place where they do not belong. For example, it is very concerning when a driver tries to take a shortcut by illegally driving in a particular area. Sometimes, drivers veer off of the road and into the path of pedestrians, while others strike a pedestrian trying to cross the street. Sometimes, drivers cause these wrecks because they are intoxicated, fatigued or distracted.
The impact of a pedestrian accident
Pedestrian accidents lead to many hardships for victims and those they love, such as serious injuries that interfere with one’s ability to work. If a negligent driver struck you while you were walking, you need to look into all facets of the recovery process and stay focused on your future.