People travel throughout Indiana in their chosen and preferred ways. Pedestrians might not travel far distances, but even a short and routine trip to a pharmacy comes with risks. Crossing streets and entering parking lots places pedestrians in proximity to motor vehicles, and cars sometimes hit pedestrians.
Alarming figures about pedestrian deaths
A 2019 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals a tragically high number of pedestrian fatalities. Over 6,200 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents, and 103 pedestrians were killed in a single year. This number reflects a marked increase over the 2019 fatalities.
Several reasons contribute to pedestrian accidents. A jogger who is not clearly visible at night takes a chance when choosing not to wear reflectors. Anyone listening to music with earbuds may become distracted and not notice an approaching vehicle. So, following recommended steps for better safety could be a good move. However, pedestrians can’t control how drivers behave.
Dangerous drivers and pedestrian incidents
Pedestrian and bike accidents could happen when an intoxicated or distracted driver goes through a stop sign or red light. An aggressive driver might not want to wait for someone to cross the street and could make an ill-advised and dangerous right turn, hitting someone.
Drivers who cause accidents may face legal troubles, including a wrongful death suit. A death might prompt a criminal investigation and subsequent charges. Even when the victim lives, civil and criminal actions might follow.
A lawsuit could help victims recover losses caused by a negligent driver. Insurance claims may serve the same purpose. Accidents and injuries might leave someone dealing with lost income, high medical bills, and tremendous physical pain. A path for compensation may provide some assistance.