When you head out on foot, your safety is probably one of the last things on your mind. After all, you’ve been crossing the street alone for quite a few years now. Nevertheless, it’s important to take a minute to reflect on the very real danger that pedestrians face. When you’re walking, absolutely nothing comes between you and the impact of an accident. As such, pedestrian accidents are some of the deadliest accidents on our roadways. Crosswalks—because they represent the point of intersection for pedestrians and vehicles—are where most pedestrian accidents take place, so always make safety your top priority when you cross.
When you make the healthy choice to walk to a destination, you not only increase your daily steps but also get to pat yourself on the back for going green. These are good things, but when you take to the streets on foot, you also make yourself more vulnerable to the traffic all around you. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center shares that accidents involving pedestrians are increasing, and some sobering statistics back this up:
When you’re on foot, put safety first.
If a pedestrian accident injured you, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis, we know how difficult this situation is for you, and we have the skill, experience, and compassion to help effectively and efficiently guide your claim toward its best possible outcome.
When you’re in a crosswalk, you’re vulnerable to the traffic all around you, but you can take steps to help ensure your safe passage to the other side:
Drivers are obviously the sticking point when it comes to safe crosswalks. When drivers engage in risky driving practices, they further jeopardize pedestrian safety. The range of risky driving practices include:
The dangers associated with distracted driving are so pronounced, that it’s important to take a closer look. Distraction.gov is a website that the U.S. government has devoted to this important topic, and it characterizes distracted driving as any driving in which the driver isn’t completely focused on the critical task at hand: driving safely. Driver distractions are classified into three categories:
When it comes to distractions, smartphones blow the other distractions out of the water. When drivers are on their smartphones, their hands, eyes, and thoughts are all otherwise engaged. Such drivers are dangerous drivers, and pedestrians are especially vulnerable to this level of distracted driving.
When you’re on foot, you’re far more vulnerable to the traffic in crosswalks—it’s as simple as that. Furthermore, pedestrian accidents are some of the deadliest on our roads. If you or someone you care about was injured in a pedestrian accident, you need skilled legal counsel. The dedicated legal team at the Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis has the experience and commitment to help guide your pedestrian accident claim to just resolution. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at (317) 636-0808 to schedule a free consultation today.