Car accidents involving collisions with pedestrians are common. They happen
in every village, town, city, and county within New York State.
Experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that Dutchess County is not immune from these accidents.
Not only are the accidents themselves common, but almost all can be traced
back to a handful of common causes. These causes generally relate to motorist
malfeasance or nonfeasance, environmental factors, pedestrian misconduct,
and other general factors.
Environmental causes of pedestrian collisions:
- Inclement weather: rain, flooding, snow, ice, fog, and the like;
- Poor roadway design;
- Roadway hazards: broken pavement, potholes, etc. ;
- Traffic congestion;
- Absence of sidewalks, or inadequate sidewalks;
- Absent crosswalks; and
- Narrow roadways.
- Failure to obey traffic control devices: traffic signals, stop signs, yield
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks;
- Careless driving: not looking out for pedestrians;
- Not seeing what there is to be seen;
- Reckless driving: intentionally swerving, or taking turns too fast, racing, etc. ;
Driver distraction: texting or talking on a mobile device, taking one’s eyes off the
road for any reason, and the like;
- Passenger distractions;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs;
- Drowsy driving; and
- Falling asleep at the wheel.
- Riding a bike in a crosswalk;
- Suddenly and quickly entering a cross walk leaving no time for an oncoming
motorist to react;
- Quickly entering the road from between parked cars;
- Herd mentality;
- Walking on the wrong side of the road;
- Failing to look out for oncoming traffic;
- Misjudging the speed of oncoming traffic;
- Lack of attention; and
Alcohol and or drug use.
- Construction zone collisions with roadway workers;
- Parking lot collisions; and
- Failing to stop for school buses picking up or dropping off children.
In recent years,
car accidents such as these have killed thousands of pedestrians every year, and the
number of pedestrians injured has climbed into the high tens of thousands
each and every year. Even the slightest, low impact collisions might cause
severe injuries. Be especially vigilant if crossing a roadway where there
is no traffic control device. Lastly, understand that most pedestrian
injuries occur during the “daylight” hours, whereas most pedestrian
fatalities occur after 5:30pm.
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