Drivers on the road should be aware of pedestrians and do everything possible to avoid causing them harm, but pedestrians must also be aware of their own safety and take certain measures for their own wellbeing. A pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle is likely to cause significant harm or even death, so while drivers certainly have an obligation to watch out for your safety, do your part to protect yourself.
Here are some tips to avoid a tragic accident:
Tips for Pedestrians
- Look both ways when you cross the street.
- Always pay attention to stop lights and painted signs on the street. You might be in a hurry to get to your destination, but you should never rush to get across as the traffic lights are changing from walk to stop. Walk only when you are given the proper signal.
- Stay alert when you are crossing the street and always be aware of other drivers. If speeding, the driver might not have enough time to slow down before reaching the stop sign or red light.
- If you have been drinking, never walk alone. We all know that drinking and driving is a dangerous habit, but walking around while drunk can also jeopardize your safety, given your impaired judgment. Call a taxi, ridesharing service, or ask a family member to give you a ride or walk home with you.
- If you are walking at night, make sure you are visible to drivers. Wear reflective or bright clothing, or consider taking a flashlight with you.
- If sidewalks are available, use them. If you absolutely have to walk in the street, make sure you are facing oncoming traffic.
- Avoid using headphones, which will prevent you from hearing approaching traffic. If you cannot hear your surroundings, you are putting yourself in danger.
Tips for Drivers
- Never use your phone while driving. Texting, using apps, or fiddling with a playlist are all activities that will remove your eyes from the road long enough to hit a pedestrian you would have otherwise seen if your attention was on the road.
- Always repeatedly check your mirrors and look in both directions as you slowly back out of parking spaces or driveways. Parking lots can be packed with people who are coming and going, and might even be hidden in a blind spot, so always drive slowly and carefully while maintaining an awareness of your surroundings.
- Keep your windshield clean to promote visibility. If your windshield is dirty, it can be difficult to have a good clear view and this lack of visibility is dangerous.
- Despite what the posted speed limit says, you should always drive at a speed that is safe for conditions. The posted speed limit is meant for ideal driving conditions. If it is raining, the road will be slippery and you can risk hydroplaning. Such conditions might also make it difficult to stop when necessary.
- Use your vehicle’s blinkers any time you are turning or changing lanes and always make a complete stop at stop signs. If you are approaching an intersection, slow down and be aware of any pedestrians who are either on the sidewalk or preparing to cross.
Safety should be the concern of everyone on the road, whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. No one wants to be injured or cause harm to another person, so take the extra precautions necessary and stay alert.
Get Help After a Pedestrian Accident
Car accidents are traumatic experiences and if you or someone you love was injured, you are probably having a difficult time coping with this event and the mounting medical expenses associated with it. It is your legal right as an accident victim to pursue compensation for any damages you might have suffered, including medical expenses and missed wages.
Contact us today at (417) 855-2022 for a free consultation with a skilled member of our legal team.