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What Causes Pedestrian Accidents to Occur?

Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. Common causes of pedestrian-related crashes include:

Distracted drivers
There were 520 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2014.

Poor visibility
In 2014, 72 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark

Drunk driving
An estimated 14 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a drunk driver in 2014.

Failure to yield the right-of-way
Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations.

Poor roadway design
Streets without sidewalks or crosswalks and other dangerous road conditions can increase the risk for a pedestrian accident.

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