Some Causes of Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accidents
Motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents most commonly happen when one vehicle stops to let a pedestrian cross the street. A second driver going in the same direction is unable to see the pedestrian because the driver that is stopped has blocked the view of the pedestrian. The negligent driver is usually not paying attention to why the vehicle beside him stopped and drives through the marked crosswalk hitting the pedestrian.
Another common occurrence is when a driver looks in only one direction while exiting a parking lot or making a turn from a stopped position to enter a roadway. The driver fails to see the pedestrian and drives into the pedestrian.
Another common occurrence is when two vehicles collide at an intersection when one makes a left hand turn in front of the other. The collision causes one of the vehicles to hit a pedestrian walking in the crosswalk or on a sidewalk.
The Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation defines a crosswalk as follows:
(d) “crosswalk” means
- that part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connection of the lateral line of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the roadway, or
- any part of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by signs or by lines or by other markings on the road surface;