Safety Tips for Pedestrians to Avoid Being Injured in Accidents
Walking on a road or highway can be risky. Pedestrians lack adequate protection, making them highly prone to injuries in case of an accident. However, just like other road users, pedestrians are also responsible for proper road use to ensure their safety and that of others.
At Oberheiden Law, our senior lawyers have provided tips to ensure pedestrians remain safe while walking along roads. If you or your loved one sustained injuries because of negligent driving, our experienced vehicle accident attorneys can fight for your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses.
1. Ensure the Area You’re Walking on is Safe
While you may expect motorists to drive carefully, you’re also responsible for your own safety. Observe how vehicles are passing and judge appropriately before you do anything. If there are places designated for pedestrians such as sidewalks, tunnels, bridges, or crosswalks, use them. If a sidewalk isn’t available, walk on the left side of the road to face traffic. When it comes to crossing at intersections, don’t do it diagonally if that place wasn’t specifically designed that way.
What should you do if the area you want to cross doesn’t have a crosswalk? Make sure there is a huge gap in traffic that allows you to cross without risking yourself. If it’s at night, cross in a well-lit area to ensure oncoming motorists can see you clearly and slow down.
Beware of roads along which pedestrians are prohibited from walking. These include roads with heavy and continuous traffic such as interstate roads, highways, and freeways. Avoid them at all costs to ensure your safety.
2. Proper Visibility is Critical
Drivers must see you to avoid hitting you accidentally. Therefore, make yourself as visible as possible. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that 32% of pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen between 8 pm and 11.59 pm. What can you do to ensure you’re visible? Wear reflective clothing especially at night, make eye contact with a motorist before crossing the road, and walk on well-lit areas to ensure that motorists see you.
3. Stay Alert and Avoid Distractions
Be keen to observe how vehicles are passing. Some motorists drive while distracted, and they do not pay attention to pedestrians. Stay alert to avoid getting the way of these unpredictable drivers. In addition to staying alert, also avoid getting distracted. Distractions hinder you from observing road and traffic signs properly. Sometimes you may lose concentration and unknowingly walk into the road, putting yourself at the risk of getting hit. As a pedestrian, avoid using your cellphone, using earphones to listen to music, reading written materials, and other unsuitable behaviors.
4. Traffic Signals are a Must-Follow
If there are traffic signals around the places you’re walking, observe them before taking any action. These signals help pedestrians to predict how nearby drivers will act and avoid accidents. For instance, red light signals motorists to stop, which means you can safely cross the road. The green light means go for vehicles, which means it’s not safe for you to cross. By observing these signals and others, you can avoid accidents and stay safe.
5. Walking Along the Road While Intoxicated is Risky
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), close to half of all accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians involve alcohol use. 34% of these involved an intoxicated pedestrian. When someone takes alcohol, it weakens his/her ability to make sound judgment and impairs that person’s physical ability. While the emphasis is mostly on drivers, pedestrians should also not drink and walk along roads.
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If you sustained injuries in a pedestrian-auto accident, the first step is always seeking medical attention. Even if you don’t feel like you’re not hurt, some internal injuries do not worsen until later, and the earlier they are diagnosed, the better they can be treated.
The next step is getting the help of a qualified personal injury attorney to help you recover your losses. Contact us at Oberheiden Law for expert legal representation. We will thoroughly evaluate your claim to determine all parties liable for your losses and use our resources to ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation.
We work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay unless we win. We also charge lesser than other law firms, which means more of the compensation in your pocket. Get in touch to know how our attorneys can help.