Riding a bike, driving a motorcycle, or walking on the road puts you at greater risk of injury if you are hit by another driver.
Considering the number of car accidents that occur every day, driving can be called one of the most dangerous activities we undertake on a day to day basis. According to the available statistics, about 30,000 traffic fatalities occur each year.
It is important for drivers to keep safety in mind when driving, particularly because they share the road with more vulnerable users such as bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
If you were injured by another driver while your were riding your bike, driving your motorcycle, or walking on the street, you deserve compensation for all of your injuries.
Dangers for Vulnerable Road Users
Traffic accidents are not only a concern for motorists, but also for many other non-motorists like pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists sharing the road. According the statistics, a large percentage of the annual traffic related fatalities include these vulnerable road users. Below are some important facts with regards to dangers that vulnerable users face:
- 4295 motorcyclist fatalities occurred in 2014
- Bicyclists are 17 times more at risk of losing their life in a traffic accident
- Between 2014 and 2015, there has been a 10% increase in pedestrian fatalities
While the occupants of a car are essentially protected by the car itself, motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists have a minimal or no protection if they are in a car accident.
Safety for Bicyclists and Motorcyclists
When it comes to cyclists, motorists should slow down and keep maximum distance from the cyclists. In a number of US states, motorists have to follow a ‘three foot law’. This law indicates that car drivers should maintain a three foot distance between the outer most parts of the car, to outermost part of the rider while overtaking.
Moreover, the law also gives right of way to two wheelers, dedicating an entire lane for cyclists and motorcyclists, or the right hand shoulder depending on the traffic conditions, road conditions and speed.
Safety for Pedestrians
While bicyclists and motorcyclists have helmets for protection, pedestrians have absolutely nothing to keep them safe from serious injury if in a car accident. Pedestrian fatalities commonly occur at intersections, or while making a right or a left turn or onto a street. Motorists should exercise caution at intersections or in areas where pedestrian traffic is higher. To ensure pedestrian safety, motorists should:
- Be vigilant at intersections, crosswalks and keep an eye out for pedestrians approaching from behind
- Avoid speeding on yellow lights
- Follow and maintain speed limits
- Scan the road for pedestrians at turns and intersections
Negligence and Dangerous Driving Behavior
Motorists should refrain from indulging in negligent and dangerous driving behavior such as drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs, using the phone for calling, texting, listening to music and any other distractions that can cause on-road accidents.
Injured in a St. Louis Car Accident?
Cyclists and pedestrians alike can claim for compensation if they are injured in a car accident and can hold a motorist liable for negligent driving.
If you have been injured by the negligence of another driver, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. by calling (314) 361-4242. As one of the preeminent firms helping victims of St. Louis car crashes, we understand how to build strong cases. When you hire our firm, you can be confident that everything will be done to protect your rights and recover the compensation you need.