What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

In what is becoming all-too-common in our area, a 34-year-old woman died after she was hit by a pickup truck in Fayetteville. According to WRAL-TV, the crash happened as the woman was walking along a service road next to Gillespie Street. The 68-year-old driver of the truck, a 2002 Chevy Silverado, was not hurt in the wreck. The police were called about the crash a little after 2 am. Reportedly, the incident is still under investigation and charges have yet to be filed.

As more and more reports of North Carolina pedestrian and bicycle accidents surface, it’s clear finding ways to prevent needs to become a priority. One of the best ways to put a stop to something is to figure out why it’s happening. Therefore, maybe lawmakers should first concentrate on determining the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in North Carolina.

What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrians can be the victims of traffic accidents for a variety of reasons. A few of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Drugged or Drunk Driving – No one should ever get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs. In many cases, intoxicated drivers’ reaction time, decision-making ability and coordination are not what they should be. As a result, they are more likely to not be able to notice or be able to avoid hitting pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Distracted Driving – Like driving while intoxicated, distracted driving limits a driver’s ability to react in time to avoid traffic crashes, including pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
  • Speeding – When drivers drive too fast for road conditions or exceed the speed limit, it can prevent them from being able to stop in time to avoid hitting pedestrians as they cross the road or if they are walking along a roadway.

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