Can Pedestrian Protect Themselves from Accidents?

Can Pedestrian Protect Themselves from Accidents?

By Robert A. Solomon, P.C. of Robert A. Solomon, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pedestrian Accident Frequency

The number of pedestrians on our streets seem to increase more and more every year. As people are becoming more health and environmentally conscious, many people are choosing to walk, bike, rollerblade, and skateboard to their destinations rather than drive. Of course, pedestrians have always been around, but for drivers, this rise in pedestrian traffic means that they must be more cautious than ever before to ensure that everyone is safe who travels.

This is also true for pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents happen every day, and while fatal accidents have decreased between 2016 and 2017, pedestrians need to be aware of how to help themselves not be injured in an accident. Unfortunately, even those who do everything correctly can still be injured due to a driver’s neglect, but there are some extra steps a pedestrian can take to ensure their safety as much as possible.

Pedestrian accidents often end in serious injury and high bills, so it’s important that those who have been injured in these accidents talk with a personal injury lawyer to help them decide what to do after they are hurt.

What Pedestrians Can Do to Protect Themselves

While all pedestrians know the tried and true “look both ways, wait for the light to turn, look at a driver before you cross,” these guidelines will not always prevent an accident. Some extra steps that a pedestrian can take includes:

Listening: Often, pedestrians want to get around while listening to music or other services. When we have headphones in both of our ears, it makes it difficult to listen to what’s going on around us. If we can hear a car approaching behind us, or hear one coming up a blind corner where we are trying to cross at, or hear one approaching the edge of an alley quickly, we can wait or stop so that we do not end up stepping in front of these vehicles which may not see us until the last moment. Always keep at least one ear open to the world around you.

Not assuming anything: The law, in most cases, says that the pedestrian has the right of way when they are looking to cross the street. Unfortunately, just because your light to cross is green or the street looks clear at the moment does not mean a driver will not try to drive through your intersection. Wait a moment before crossing to ensure it looks safe, and keep an eye and ear out to ensure that you will be safe as you walk across the street.

Look around you: Our eyes are one of the most important parts of our body, as they allow us to observe the world around us. When we are a pedestrian, we need to keep our eyes on the world around us. When you are walking across a street, through a parking lot, across a driveway, or in a bike lane, be sure to look around you to ensure there are no vehicles that may cause you harm. If both pedestrian and driver are not looking at where they are going, accidents are bound to happen, which is very frustrating for all involved.

East Coast Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers

When a pedestrian is injured at no fault of their own, they will need to talk with a personal injury lawyer who can help them figure out what they need to do following their accident. At the Law Offices of Robert A. Solomon of Metro Law, our team can help you by taking on your case and fighting for your rights to the compensation you need to pay for your injuries. Call our office today to see what we can do to help you at (800) 469-6476.