Pedestrian Road Traffic Accidents

By Jodie Moss

When it comes to road traffic accidents they are by the far the biggest killer of any form of transportation. Unfortunately even if you aren't in the car you can still suffer at the hands of a motor vehicle, in fact hit and run occurrences are becoming even more common, so the next time that you step across the road make sure you look both ways and use the appropriate crossings.

Hit and run accidents can happen anywhere and they can be the fault of either the driver or the pedestrian, however in most cases it is the car that is at fault. The most common areas for a hit and run are on roads where there are little or no areas to cross and pedestrians that become increasingly impatient.

Depending on where you live there are different rules relating to hit and run accidents but in almost every jurisdiction it is the responsibility of both the car driver and the pedestrian to report the accident to both the police and their respective insurance agencies.

In many areas it is illegal to leave the scene of a crime without reporting it accurately and quickly and therefore if you hit a pedestrian and continue to drive you can be charged with attempted manslaughter or manslaughter if they die as a result of the incident. A number of road safety campaigns highlight the need to slow down in residential areas as a simple ten kilometer per hour reduction can make the difference between a pedestrian walking away or being killed.

A major cause of hit and run accidents is speeding and when it comes to school zones, speeding can be a real problem when there are young children around. Although tight speed restrictions are put in place, many parents are in a hurry to pick up their children. Combining this with the fact that there are usually a great deal of parked cars in the area surrounding the school it is easy to miss a child to unsuspectingly steps out from behind a parked car.

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