Universal enjoyment of roadways is largely a matter of sharing the road. There are a number of different entities that use America’s busy streets: cars, trucks, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. It’s everyone’s responsibility to behave legally and safely, but those driving the bigger, heavier, more dangerous vehicles have a particular obligation.
More than any type of motor-vehicle accident, auto-pedestrian injuries can be catastrophic. Pedestrians are at such a high risk for damages because they have no protection from motor vehicles. Due to the force of the impact, pedestrians are commonly thrown, dragged by a vehicle, and left with life-altering injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or are even death. You may be so injured in an auto pedestrian accident that you may become permanently impaired. Additional surgeries may be required or long-term care. Don’t get stuck drowning in massive medical debt, call Tampa Pedestrian Accident attorney Brian Esposito from BJE LAW, P.A. today.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,743 pedestrians were killed, an average of about once every two hours. 76,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents across the U.S. in 2012. NHTSA also points out that in both 2010 and 2011, 73% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas. Even more importantly, in 2011, 70% of the fatalities occurred in “non-intersection” locations.
Please make sure you always cross at an intersection
Most pedestrian injuries occur as the result of driver error, but there are safety steps that we should all take to help minimize the risk of being hurt in an accident.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Be age-conscious: Children younger than 10 typically do not have the visual acuity, speed, depth perception, spatial relations, or decision-making skills necessary to walk safely. All kids, even older ones, are safer walking together in groups.
Stay on the sidewalk: While sidewalks aren’t always available, when there is an option, it is always safest to walk on a designated sidewalk. If this is not an option, pedestrians should walk single file along the far left-hand side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.
Cross correctly: Crossing the street should be done only at designated crosswalks. When one isn’t available, the next best option is crossing at the corner. When crossing a roadway, pedestrians should always pay attention to and obey traffic signals and crossing guards. Do not go between parked cars to cross a road as the vehicles can obstruct the view of drivers.
Stay vigilant: Observe basic pedestrian safety measures, such as looking both ways before crossing the street. Avoid wearing headphones so that you can hear traffic, horns, sirens, etc.
Stay visible: Pedestrians who wear light colored, reflective clothing and carry a flashlight are easier for drivers to spot on dark or rainy days. During winter, jackets and other cold weather gear should also be bright.
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