Top 10 Pedestrian Safety Tips to Prevent Accidents and Maximize Safety
Pedestrian accident fatalities are unfortunately on the rise. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes in 2016. Here are the top 10 pedestrian safety tips that you can implement as a pedestrian to minimize the risk of an accident. Fortunately, pedestrian accident attorneys are available to help you fight your battles should the need arise!
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a total of 5,987 pedestrian deaths. Everyone on the road is a pedestrian at some point in their life. Don’t let crossing the street be the final chapter of your life’s journey. Some of the most common reasons for pedestrian accidents include distracted driving and drunk driving. Here are some pedestrian safety tips that both drivers and pedestrians should follow on the highway at all times.
Young Pedestrian Fatalities Can Be Avoided
A 9-year-old girl's life was snuffed out in an auto-pedestrian accident in Salt Lake City this past weekend. Police believe she was chasing a dog into the road in an ongoing investigation, and the driver didn’t have time to stop according to Lt. Justin Hudson of the Salt Lake City police force.
This is just one tragic example of how imperative it is that parents teach their children pedestrian safety tips before it is too late. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented, but we can work together to minimize risk and reverse pedestrian fatality statistics.
Top 10 Pedestrian Safety Tips
1. Be aware and alert when you are crossing the road. Don’t be distracted by phones, mp3 players, or any other electronic device.
2. Look both ways before using a crosswalk, especially if you may not be visible to drivers because of a hedge or snowbank, etc.
3. Don’t jaywalk! Take note of any and all crosswalks and intersections available to you when you need to cross the street.
4. Utilize all of your senses when you are about to cross the street. Before you take a step, look and listen! You are more likely to hear an oncoming vehicle before you see it when you are in the middle of the road.
5. Don’t be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when you are walking on foot anywhere. Your impaired senses can prove to be just as fatal while walking instead of driving.
6. Wear bright clothing in the daytime and if you are going to be traveling at night make sure you have reflectors on your clothing and shoes if applicable. You should also carry a light at night even if you have to utilize the flashlight option on your cell phone.
7. Don’t automatically assume that the driver has seen you. Try to make eye contact with the driver and wait for a hand signal that they have seen you.
8. Statistics show that the highest percentage of pedestrian accidents occurred between 6 and 8:59 p.m. If you must share the road with vehicles during this time slot, be predictable to drivers. Cross the road at an intersection with other people if possible because there is safety in numbers.
9. Older adults need to keep in mind that they should only walk with a companion, allow themselves plenty of time to cross the street, and wear sturdy footwear. These and other pedestrian safety tips for mature adults are available on NHTSA’s site here.
10. Parents should teach their children specific pedestrian safety tips relevant to their age. A prevention manual is available on the NHTSA’s site here. Statistics show that fatalities among young pedestrians often occur after school hours, and boys account for the majority of young pedestrian fatalities.
D’Amore Law Group Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Tom D’Amore, the founder of the D’Amore Law Group (click here for the website), has successfully represented thousands of cases as an award-winning attorney in his 25 years of professional experience including pedestrian accidents. He has won settlements for his pedestrian accident clients ranging from $365-thousand to $1 million depending on the severity of their injuries and disabilities. Tom is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and California. He is often asked how quickly a pedestrian accident victim should hire an attorney. His answer is:
“I always tell folks as early as possible. You want to get the investigation done early. You want to speak to the witnesses early. You want to evaluate the extent of the injury and make sure that the injured person is seeing the right type of medical providers. Unfortunately, cases don’t get better over time. There’s a tendency for cases to get worse over time if you don’t have experts or attorneys working on the case, building up the case, building up the evidence early on. We at D’Amore Law Group always try and tell clients that, it’s good to get the attorneys involved early on in the case.” - Tom D’Amore, Founder of the D’Amore Law Group
Pedestrian Accident Attorney Testimonial
“D’Amore Law Group has done more for me than I thought possible, and I am really grateful for their help. I was severely injured and needed surgery on my spine after I was hit by a car. When you’re in pain 24 hours a day it’s hard to focus on both getting well and handling the insurance chaos. Tom D’Amore and the lawyers and staff went above and beyond what I expected, and I would recommend them to anyone.” - D. Odom, Oregon
The D’Amore Law Group offers free consultations to seriously injured pedestrians and their families. They are committed to providing each and every one of their clients with the best legal service they can offer. Clients don’t pay a fee until their case is won.
In conclusion, utilize these pedestrian safety tips to prevent accidents. As a pedestrian, don’t allow yourself to become a statistic when there are pedestrian accident attorneys available to help you. Justice is on your side, and attorneys want to help you fight and win!