Pedestrian Accidents Although some drive more often than others, everyone is at some point a pedestrian. Despite this fact, drivers can occasionally show negligence or impatience to the more vulnerable commuters on the street. As a result, there are approximately 60,000 pedestrian fatalities in the United States and more than 110,000 pedestrian injuries every year. The following articles aim at making the streets safer and helping those pedestrians who have been injured due to another’s negligence. Crosswalks Crosswalks are a common feature to all cities across America, but they do not all look the same. Knowing what to expect from all forms of crosswalks as well as how to use and react to them is extremely important. Don’t be caught off-guard as either the pedestrian or motorist. Pedestrian Laws Being aware of Utah’s laws for regulating pedestrian and motor vehicle interactions is every commuter’s first line of defense against accidents. According to Utah code, it is the pedestrian’s responsibility to use a crosswalk, pedestrian tunnel, or overhead walkway unless there are none within a 700 foot distance. From the driver’s perspective, cars must always yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street—even if they are doing so illegally. To read about the laws regulating pedestrian crossings for both drivers and pedestrians in greater detail, click the link above. Pedestrian FAQs Read the answers to 8 common questions about pedestrian transportation in the link above. The questions range from legal definitions to safety knowledge to reading signals that are often asked about. Pedestrian Accident Resources The following resources provide safety information and tips, programs, initiative, and insight into the claims process for injury: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Utah Department of Health VIPP Heads Up Zero Fatalities National Pedestrian Crash Report Salt Lake City Utah Accident Book Take advantage of the resources available to increase safety and learn how to best support your personal injury claim. Pedestrian Accident Statistics Becoming acquainted with the research for when, where, and how pedestrian accidents most often occur can help pedestrians be alert at the proper times and drivers be conscious of common mistakes. For example, the US Department of Transportation has found that one-third (33%) of drivers who hit pedestrians did so while turning. Also, failure to yield the right of way to pedestrian crossers constitutes approximately 33% of the major causes behind accidents where the pedestrian is at fault. Become informed on pedestrian statistics through our “Pedestrian Accident Statistics” article by clicking the link above. Contact Us We are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel welcome to continue browsing our pages, order one of our free accident books, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free initial consultation. We aim to provide you with personal, compassionate service as the experienced attorneys at Christensen and Hymas fight for your rightful compensation. Images courtesy of Sigfrid Lundberg on Flickr (Pedestrian with Umbrella), Wikimedia (Don’t Walk Signal), and Blackboxberlin on Deviantart (Crosswalk).