A pedal error accident occurs when a motorist slams on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. Certain types of motorists, like seniors, are at a much higher risk of making such errors. These types of errors can result in serious accidents, especially when the error occurs in an enclosed or confined space, like a parking lot.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are at 44 pedal error -related accidents occurring in the United States every day. Pedal error accidents occur due to a variety of reasons. In most cases, the person makes an emergency maneuver, and panics and presses on the accelerator instead of the brake. In other cases, the person's foot may slip right off the accelerator and onto the brake. In yet other cases, the person may intend to apply pressure on the brakes, but may mistakenly step on both the pedal. In all these cases, the risk of an accident is high.
Often, such errors result in sudden vehicle acceleration. Any pedestrians or occupants in any vehicles in the path of the car may be at risk.
Drivers below the age of 20 and above the age of 65 are believed to be at the highest risk of such pedal error accidents. To learn about your legal rights to compensation after an accident, speak to a Los Angeles car accident lawyer.
To reduce the risk of such accidents, familiarize yourself with the positioning of the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal, and take care when driving around parking lots. Avoid distractions in the car, and stay focused. Wear the right kind of footwear-flat soled, comfortable shoes are best. For assistance filing an accident claim after a crash, speak to a Los Angeles car accident lawyer.