Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. Common causes of pedestrian-related crashes include:
There were 520 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2014.
In 2014, 72 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark
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.