Who as a Pedestrian Is Most at Risk

Who as a Pedestrian Is Most at Risk

Pedestrians are the most at-risk demographic because they lack the protection of motor vehicles. Consequently, they face the full impact of collisions and sustain life-threatening injuries. Other risk factors include those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and low-income individuals whose neighborhoods often lack safe sidewalks and adequate lighting.  

Have you been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident? Ellis Law can help. We are dedicated to representing Los Angeles residents in serious personal injury lawsuits. Our main office is in El Segundo, allowing us to work conveniently and efficiently with accident victims in the Los Angeles area. However, we have multiple locations in California and in most cases, we’ll come to you. Contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Ellis Law for a free consultation. 

Who is at Risk for Pedestrian Accidents? 

The most at-risk demographic for pedestrian accidents include the following:  

  • Children: Their small size makes them less visible to drivers, especially when passing behind vehicles. Children are also generally more playful and might not pay close attention to traffic. For example, a child might not think twice about darting into the street to chase a balloon. 
  • Elderly Adults: Why are older people at risk for pedestrian accidents? As people age, their vision, hearing, and coordination decline. They may also suffer from medical conditions that could affect mobility or awareness.  
  • People with Disabilities: Disabilities, such as impaired vision, could affect a person’s confidence and mobility, making it more difficult to avoid collisions. People with cognitive disabilities may also have trouble understanding traffic signals and signs. 
  • Male Pedestrians: Men are more likely than women to be involved in pedestrian accidents. Fatality rates for these accidents are also higher among men than women. 
  • Low-Income Individuals: People from low-income backgrounds may not have access to safe sidewalks or well-lit streets. They are also less likely to own a private means of transportation. These and other factors can increase their chances of being involved in pedestrian accidents. 

In addition, those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol often lack coordination and judgment and may cross in the middle of the street.  

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents 

Most pedestrian accidents occur due to a combination of factors, with driver error being the most common cause: 

  • Distracted Driving: Drivers texting, eating, or engaging in any other activity that takes their eyes off the road pose a significant risk to pedestrians. 
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, but many fail. 
  • Speeding: The faster a vehicle moves, the less time drivers have to react to pedestrians and stop safely. Fatality and the severity of injuries also increase with speed. 
  • Poor Visibility: Pedestrians are often hard to see at night or in low-light conditions, especially when wearing dark clothing. 

Contact our team of California injury lawyers if you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident. A successful lawsuit can provide a sense of justice, alleviate expenses, cover costs, reimburse lost wages, and compensate you for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of a debilitating accident. 

How to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents 

Drivers and pedestrians can both exercise caution to create safer roads. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point, such as crossing the street to get to a restaurant after parking a car or getting off the bus a block from home. Consequently, everyone can benefit from shared responsibility and heightened awareness. 

Tips for Pedestrians 

While drivers tend to be at fault, pedestrians can take steps to improve their safety by doing the following: 

  • Always use crosswalks and follow road signs and traffic signals. 
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, even if you have the right of way. 
  • Make eye contact with drivers so that you know they see you before crossing in front of them. 
  • Consider wearing bright or reflective clothing when walking at night.

Finally, when walking with children, ensure they hold an adult’s hand even when crossing a small, local street.  

Steps to Take if You’re Injured 

Good Samaritans may rush to help. However, they shouldn’t try to move you. Wait for emergency services to determine the appropriate course of action. If possible, try to collect as much information as you can. This can include names and contact information for potential witnesses. In addition, document, if possible, road conditions and debris from the vehicle.  

Contact Ellis Law for a Free Consultation  

For 29 years, our Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers have helped accident victims in the Los Angeles metro area find the justice they deserve. We have obtained more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of victims throughout the state of California, including El Segundo, Irvine, Long Beach, and Oakland.  Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.