According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), whenever you are not in your vehicle, you are considered a pedestrian. In the United States, pedestrian deaths increased in 2013, when the most recent data was collected, with a total of 4,735 deaths.
The NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts noted that, “On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.”
When you are walking, there are certain safety precautions you can take to remain safe. Owen, Patterson & Owen have more than 30 years of experience getting results for pedestrian accident victims and recommend the following safety tips:
- Always obey traffic signs and signals and follow the rules of the road.
- Use sidewalks when they are available. When there is no sidewalk, face traffic and continue walking as far from traffic as possible.
- Avoid being distracted by cell phones or other electronic devices that might prevent you from seeing or hearing what is around you on the road.
- Use crosswalks since that is where drivers are most likely to look for pedestrians.
- Remember to be aware of cars coming from all directions, including those that may be turning left or right close to the beginning of the crosswalk where you are.
- In the case that a crosswalk is not available, cross the street in a well-lit area that allows you to have the best view of traffic. Make sure to cross the road when you know you’ll have enough time to get across and keep your eye on traffic as you continue to cross the street.
- Make eye contact with the driver that is approaching you to ensure that they see you too. Don’t assume drivers see you.
- Wear reflective clothing or use a flashlight when walking at night.
- Be extra cautious of cars that may be entering or exiting driveways.
- Watch for cars that may be backing up in parking lots.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us or call us at 800-676-5295 to discuss your accident with an experienced attorney. With our firm on your side in a pedestrian accident, you can rest assured that we will put all of our resources to work to see that you get a positive outcome.