Pedestrian Accidents Have Catastrophic Outcomes
About 1,000 pedestrians are injured in the United States every day by negligent motorists. As experienced auto accident attorneys, we know that pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, paralysis and even death. All of us are pedestrians at one time or another, and, most of time, we do reach our destinations safely. However, as statistics show, these pedestrian accidents occur more often than they should. The best way to avoid accidents is to be prepared and be aware of vehicles around you as well as your surroundings.
Here are seven valuable tips to avoid tragic pedestrian accidents:
Cross only at marked crosswalks or intersections. Some accidents involve pedestrians who are hit by cars while crossing at a location where they are not supposed to be crossing. Always make sure you are legally crossing in a crosswalk or at an intersection. In the event that you are hit and injured while legally crossing, the law protects you. A jury in a civil personal injury case looking at your injury accident is very likely to rule in your favor.
See and be seen. You can do so by wearing reflective clothing if you are walking at night or at a busy intersection. Try and stay out of a driver’s blind spot as far as you can. Always carry a flashlight while walking in the dark. And make eye contact with drivers when you cross the street.
Remember what you were taught as a child. Look to the left, right and then left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb tells drivers that you intend to cross the street.
Please do not drink and attempt to cross a busy street. Using drugs and alcohol severely impairs your judgment. It is extremely dangerous to walk when you have been drinking or when you are under the influence of drugs.
Watch your children. Small children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic.
Obey traffic signals. At intersections where the traffic flow is controlled by signals or a traffic officer, pedestrians must obey the signal and not cross against the stop signal unless directed to do so by an officer.
In case of bad weather, take care that your umbrella or raincoat does not prevent approaching vehicles from seeing you. Always be visible to drivers.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident as a result of a negligent driver, please contact our law firm for skilled legal representation in your case. We are experienced personal injury attorneys who have been fighting for the rights of injured victims for 25 years. Call us and we’ll send you a free brochure about pedestrian accidents.
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