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What are some risks that lead to pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are a major concern for travel and road safety. There are some contributing factors that can lead up to these injuries or fatalities, but the truth is that there is no single factor that results in the most accidents. If you're hurt because there are few crosswalks, dangerous drivers speed through the area or because of another problem, it's important to seek out information about filing a lawsuit.

What can influence your risk of a crash? Locally, for example, the lack of crosswalks could affect pedestrian safety, putting people at risk by exposing them to busy roads with no safe crossings. Busy streets where drivers tend to speed can be another. A lack of sidewalks or lines on the roads may also increase the risk to pedestrians.

So what kinds of conditions are more likely to lead to an accident? For a vehicle and driver, risk can be be determined by how much alcohol has been consumed, the speed at which the vehicle is traveling, as well as how many vehicles are on the road. The kind of vehicle being driven can also affect the risk of an accident leading to pedestrian injuries or fatalities.

In the physical environment, problems like a lack of crosswalks, tight roadways, poorly timed signals, no sidewalks or sidewalks that are inadequate to handle the volume of foot traffic they receive can also lead to potential dangers.

When combined, drivers who are dangerous and a lack of crosswalks could lead to a drunk driving accident, texting-when-driving collision or other kind of crash.

Source: Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, "Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities," accessed March 08, 2016

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