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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Negligence is the top cause for accidents in the United States.  With technology such as cell phones and PDA’s, motorists are more likely to be distracted at the wheel than ever before. 

Some common negligent driver activities that often lead to a pedestrian accident include:

  • Distracted driving – talking and texting on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle
  • Driving drunk
  • Speeding through intersections, school zones and crosswalks
  • Making illegal u-turns
  • Rolling through or missing stop signs

It is important to note that not all pedestrian accidents are due to the negligence of the automobile or motorcycle driver. Sometimes, the pedestrian himself can be the cause of an accident.

Some common negligent pedestrian activities include:

  • Ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection
  • Not using designated crosswalk areas to cross the road or intersection
  • Not using designated sidewalks when available
  • Darting in front of a vehicle
  • Disrupting the normal flow of traffic
  • Not wearing reflective clothing or gear at night

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