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Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

When people think of accidents, the scenario that most often comes to mind is a car crash involving multiple vehicles. While these do happen a large portion of the time, they are definitely not the only type of accidents that can occur and cause serious harm to others. Another type of accident, and one that may be more devastating, is a pedestrian accident. There are numerous causes of pedestrian accidents, but these are some of the most common.

Distracted Driving

One of the most common causes of auto accidents is also one of the top causes of pedestrian collisions. When drivers are distracted, they are not paying attention to their surroundings on the road. This includes eating while driving, turning to talk to a passenger, or using their cell phone to text or call while operating the vehicle. Even a split second can remove the driver’s attention from the road, leaving pedestrians vulnerable at crosswalks.

Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence is not only an illegal act, but it can result in serious damage to any pedestrian who is struck by these vehicles. When someone is intoxicated, it can alter their motor skills, as well as their ability to process information. It can also make them fatigue, which puts them at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. As pedestrians cross legally, they become at risk if a drunk driver approaches because they may not follow the traffic signals.


Drivers must pay close attention to where they are going and what is around them. For instance, when making a left-hand turn, drivers are expected to look for the oncoming traffic to ensure they have enough time to make their turn. They must also check to see if any pedestrians are crossing the street they intend on turning to, and that they have cleared the sidewalk. This ensures that they are not turning into the pedestrian, potentially causing a serious collision.

At Cannon & Dunphy, our legal team recognizes the serious aftermath victims can face after sustaining an injury due to a pedestrian collision. Our Wisconsin pedestrian accident attorneys can represent individuals as they seek compensation from the negligent party. Our experience and track record of success gives our clients the peace of mind they need knowing they have strong legal counsel on their side.

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Categories: Pedestrian Accidents