What Are Common Causes Of Pedestrian & Vehicle Accidents?


Every year, thousands of people are hurt or killed from being hit by a vehicle while they are walking or riding a bicycle. These types of crashes are usually serious because the human body is not designed to take such force. These types of crashes often result in severe injuries including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Versus Vehicle Crashes

When a pedestrian is injured by a car or other vehicle, it is typically the result of some negligence on the part of the driver. Some common negligent actions by drivers include:

  • Texting or otherwise using the phone while driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Not paying attention to street signs and signal lights.
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Drunk or impaired driving
  • Failing to yield the right of way around pedestrians

Common Injuries to Pedestrians

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, they often sustain serious, permanent, and sometimes even fatal injuries. Victims of these types of crashes can sustain traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, or neck and shoulder injuries. These injuries can lead to a diminished quality of life caused by chronic pain, permanent disability and scarring. Injuries sustained in a pedestrian versus vehicle crash can be life-altering and require years of treatment and therapy to recover. In some cases, the injuries can be so severe that it can, unfortunately, be difficult for the victim to recover at all.

Pedestrian Safety

In most cases, there is not much a pedestrian can do when faced with a reckless or inattentive driver, but there are some simple steps that pedestrians can take to attempt to stay safe:

  • Always make sure to cross at a crosswalk
  • Check for vehicles turning from intersecting streets and driveways
  • Stay alert, avoid texting and walking especially when you are approaching an intersection
  • Stay on the sidewalks

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in a crash, you need a personal injury attorney on your side. Contact the lawyers at Perrault Law Group, LLC online or call us at 978-975-4100 for a free consultation.