According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an alarming 60,000 pedestrians suffered injuries from traffic accidents every year. Typically, every seven minutes a pedestrian is injured in the United States. Though accidents do happen, there are things that drivers and pedestrians can do to help avoid them.
- If you see a pedestrian about to enter the roadway, slow down and stop to give them sufficient time to cross rather than speeding up to try to beat them.
- Stop well before you reach a crosswalk. Do not stop at the crosswalk itself but at the white line preceding it.
- At an intersection, make sure that when you look both ways for cars before proceeding that you look for pedestrians as well.
- Be more mindful of pedestrians at night or when there is reduced visibility since they will be harder to see.
- Avoid walking in roadways and use designated pedestrian crossings when they are available.
- When walking at night or in darkened areas, wear reflective or bright clothing and carry a light with you.
- This is an obvious one, but you need to look both ways before crossing a street. Make sure you look for a few seconds rather than a quick glance.
- If a car is coming, look to make eye contact with the driver to make sure that he or she sees you.
Though keeping these tips in mind can help make the roads a safe place, accidents do happen. If you’ve suffered a personal injury as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Pedestrian injuries can be very severe, since a pedestrian can suffer trauma to the legs and head, but the consequences of a personal injury can go much further than that.
In addition to the initial pain and suffering cause by an injury, the total cost of medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses relating to personal injury altogether is an estimated $267.5 billion dollars.
The time after an accident can be stressful, which is only amplified by the process of filing a personal injury claim. If you’ve been injured, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to see what your next steps are and how to get your life back to normal.