Being a pedestrian comes with its fair share of dangers. All it takes is one distracted, drunk or negligent driver to cause a tragedy.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents are far more common than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 150,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms to treat non-fatal injuries in 2013.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk of injuries:
- Use designated crosswalks;
- Increase your visibility by wearing reflective or bright clothing;
- Do not walk adjacent to busy roads while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
- Avoid distractions.
If you were injured by a distracted or negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages. Ronald W. Truman is an accident lawyer in Utah who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 435-986-2222 today to schedule a free initial consultation with The Truman Law Firm P.C.
Let’s take a closer look at four ways to reduce your risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident:
- Use Designated Crosswalks
You probably won’t get cited for jaywalking every time you commit the offense, but there’s a reason why it’s illegal: Drivers are not expecting pedestrians to cross outside of intersections and crosswalks. As such, using designated crosswalks will reduce your risk of injuries because drivers will be more alert for pedestrians.
- Increase Your Visibility
Walking around at night is a risky activity – especially if you don’t plan ahead. Hedge the bets in your favor by wearing bright clothing.
You can further enhance your visibility by adding reflective tape to your outfit or wearing a reflective vest. Also, be sure to carry a flashlight when walking next to busy roads at night.
- Do Not “Walk under the Influence”
The CDC reported that alcohol was involved in 49 percent of traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. In 34 percent of those cases, the pedestrian killed was found to have a blood alcohol concentration greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter.
Alcohol will impair your senses and judgment, leading to unsafe use of sidewalks and roads.
- Avoid Distractions
That messenger notification is difficult to resist, but studies have shown that pedestrians who are distracted by their smartphones are far more likely to be hit by drivers. Stay alert and focus on your surroundings.
Unfortunately, you could take all the precautions in the world and still fall victim to the actions of a distracted, negligent or drunk driver. If you were injured while walking, contact The Truman Law Firm P.C.
Ronald W. Truman is a Utah accident lawyer who has been practicing law for more than 25 years. He has the knowledge and resources to help you recover the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages. Schedule a consultation today by calling 435-986-2222.