Even if you cross a street in a crosswalk, a negligent driver could hit you. Learn why drivers cause these accidents and what  your right to compensation is.

Pedestrian Crosswalk Accidents: Major Causes and Injuries Suffered by Pedestrians

Motorists must safely share the road not only with other vehicles, but also with an increasing number of pedestrians. When drivers fail to do this, the consequences can be devastating for a pedestrian. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,376 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2015. In addition, 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries that year. If you were injured in a pedestrian crosswalk accident caused by a negligent driver, you need the assistance of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to hold the driver accountable for compensating you for your injuries.

Why Do Drivers Hit Pedestrian in Crosswalks?

While it is safer for pedestrians to cross the street in a crosswalk than elsewhere, these walking zones are not danger-free—even when the pedestrian is obeying traffic signals. Common reasons that negligent drivers cause crosswalk accidents include:

  • Distracted driving. Drivers who are eating and drinking, texting, or fiddling with their GPS can easily not see a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
  • Impaired driving. A driver’s reaction time and vision are reduced if he is intoxicated due to drug or alcohol use, making it harder for him to see or react to a pedestrian at an intersection.
  • Turns. Many pedestrian accidents occur when drivers are turning at intersections and are focused more on other vehicles than pedestrians. This is especially a danger when a driver is trying to make a left turn at a busy intersection.
  • Failure to yield. Some pedestrians are injured when drivers simply fail to obey basic traffic rules and yield to a person who is legally in the crosswalk and has the right of way.
  • Poorly lit or marked crosswalks. When intersections are poorly lit or crosswalks are not properly marked, this can make it more difficult for a driver to see a person crossing the street and know where to expect him to be.
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals. If traffic signals are not working properly, this can create an extremely dangerous situation for an individual trying to safely cross the street.

Common Injuries Pedestrians Suffer

Because pedestrians have no protection from a vehicle hitting them, they can suffer life-threatening injuries in a crosswalk accident no matter what the speed of the vehicle that hits them was. Common injuries caused by these accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Spinal injury—including paralysis
  • Broken bones and more serious fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Amputation
  • Death

Let Our Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

If you are injured in a crosswalk accident, your recovery could be lengthy and could require expensive medical treatments. You could be off work for months if you can return to work at all. You need the assistance of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to negotiate a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.