Accidents between cars and pedestrians occur very often in the U.S, with one pedestrian injury every seven minutes and one pedestrian death every two hours. Unfortunately, these collisions have the potential to change a life for the worse, or even end it. However, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of being struck by a vehicle, or accidentally hitting a pedestrian. We hope this never happens to you or someone you know, but if you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, know that we are here to help.
Here are Kaiman & Crahan’s tips for avoiding collisions for both pedestrians and drivers:
- Keep alert at all times. Keep your electronic devices out of sight so you will not be distracted.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and stay in well-lit areas as far away from traffic as possible.
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible, where you are visible and where drivers will expect you to be. Look in all directions when crossing the street.
- Don’t assume a driver can see you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to ensure they see you.
- Watch out for cars entering or backing out of parking spaces or driveways.
- Always give pedestrians the right of way. Pedestrians don’t always follow the rules of traffic, but it is your responsibility, and often the law for drivers to yield to pedestrians.
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially in areas such as shopping centers or schools.
- Look before you turn. Pedestrians may not just be right in front of you. They could also be crossing an intersection as you’re turning. When turning, always look to see if there is a pedestrian crossing or about to cross. Make sure to give eye contact.
- Be aware of pedestrians at night. Most pedestrian fatalities occur when the sun is down.
In any case, avoid using alcohol and drugs while driving or walking, as they are responsible for almost 47% of cases according to the CDC. Pedestrians and drivers alike should avoid distractions such as texting or eating.
No matter the situation, take a deep breath and think logically through the steps.
If you’ve been hit by a vehicle while walking, contact Kaiman & Crahan to get the help you need today at 502-771-0741.