Auto accidents could result in terrible injuries and even fatalities. Vehicle-pedestrian accidents might present the worst outcomes. The human body, unlike a car, cannot absorb a vehicle’s impact. So, why do some drivers in New York seemingly disregard pedestrian safety? Unfortunately, bad habits and poor judgment might contribute to dangerous driving.
Not giving pedestrians the right of way
“Right of way” refers to achieving precedence when proceeding. In other words, when a pedestrian has the right of way, he or she may go first. A recent study shows that less than 30% of drivers give pedestrians the right of way at a crosswalk. Incredibly, the high the car’s value increases, the less likely the driver is to honor the right of way.
Pedestrians don’t always have the right of way, but there are instances where the pedestrian may go first. When a pedestrian has a green light and a walk signal, a driver should yield. Not all drivers do so, and some cause regrettable accidents.
Creating a hazardous situation
Not affording a pedestrian with the right of way could be illegal, dangerous, and injurious. Safety factors into the law providing pedestrians with the right of way in particular locations.
So, why do some drivers ignore the rules and put pedestrians at risk? The study suggesting wealthier drivers may put themselves first hints at a sense of entitlement. Truthfully, several reasons might lead drivers to risk pedestrian accidents. Impatience is one, and distracted driving is another.
Regardless, any driver who injures a pedestrian due to negligence may face civil consequences. Negligent drivers might be responsible for medical costs, lost wages, and more.
Victims of pedestrian accidents could meet with an attorney to discuss lawsuits and insurance settlements. An attorney could review the case and explain realistic options for the clients.