5 Important Safety Tips Pedestrians & Drivers Should Know
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that pedestrian related injuries and deaths have been on a more than a decade-long increase. In 2012, approximately 76,000 pedestrians were injured and another 4,743 were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the nation. This was more than a six percent increase from the year before.
Pedestrians do no have the same safety advantages as motor vehicle drivers and passengers in the event of an accident. Seatbelts, airbags and steel frames do not offer them protection for the force of a vehicle that collides into their bodies during an accident. This is exactly why pedestrians who are involved in accidents often suffer serious and even fatal injuries. Although these types of accidents cannot be totally prevented, pedestrians and drivers can take certain safety precautions to reduce the likelihood of a devastating accident.
The Important Tips To Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
Below are five important tips to avoid or at least reduce the likelihood of getting into a pedestrian-related accident.
- Even pedestrians need to obey the law. The rules and regulations of the road do not only apply to the motorists. In order to avoid accidents, it is important for pedestrians to follow the rules as well. Some states have even adopted rules that allow law enforcement to issue tickets to pedestrians who break the rules of the road. For example, if a pedestrian jay walks, he or she may earn himself an expensive ticket.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. The safest place for pedestrians to walk is on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk available and you have no choice but to walk in the road, it is safest to walk on the left facing traffic.
- Always cross at sidewalks and intersections. One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is a motorist hitting pedestrians who attempt to cross the street at locations other than intersections. Walking the extra distance to a crosswalk can very easily avoid a life altering accident.
- Drivers should yield the right of way to pedestrians. Just as pedestrians are expected to be careful while sharing the road with motorists, the same is true for drivers.
- See and be seen. Pedestrians are often in the blind spot of motorists because they are much smaller than the cars. As such, pedestrians need to take the extra step to make sure they are visible to drivers. They can do so by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.
Even if both pedestrians and motorists take every precaution while sharing the road, a pedestrian accident may still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian by the negligent or reckless actions of a motorist, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.