Walking to and from work, or to and from the neighborhood shop – or even just around the block for some exercise – is not unusual in Southern California. Because of our near-constant pleasant weather, almost every day is an excellent day for a stroll. Unfortunately, the more you walk, the more likely you are to be involved in a pedestrian accident.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker has developed a list of driving behaviors you should be aware of to decrease your chances of being involved in an accident. Contact our offices at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you have been hurt by a vehicle while walking. We will work diligently to ensure that your case is treated fairly.
Drivers who are distracted
One may argue that the numerous technological safety enhancements to automobiles have made them safer than ever before. However, it is equally possible to argue that these safety features make automobiles more hazardous. Drivers become distracted when they have more things to look at, whether it’s messages, phone applications, or safety equipment providing information. According to studies, being distracted while driving substantially increases the odds of getting involved in an accident.
Drowsy driving is a serious offense
Many drivers believe that being tired behind the wheel is nothing more than a little inconvenience, yet sleepy driving, like distracted driving, may be highly dangerous. Not only is the driver unable to focus in the same manner that they would if they were well rested, but their response time is also considerably slowed.
Driving when inebriated
Fortunately, we live in a period where finding someone who does not believe that drunk driving is a negative thing is difficult. However, we still live in a period where a large number of individuals continue to do so. Pay attention if you observe a vehicle driving erratically or if you are going by a pub to avoid being the next victim of a drunk driver.
Pedestrians are endangered by speeding in two ways
First, a fast driver takes longer to stop, can’t respond as quickly to road dangers, and doesn’t have complete control of their car. Second, if a motorist hits a pedestrian while speeding, the odds of a catastrophic – or even fatal – collision rise dramatically.
A furious motorist is more prone to take unnecessary risks. As a result, if you notice a driver breaching the law, don’t bother to inform them. Do not make any gestures or shout at them. If they grow enraged, they will not only breach the law, but they will also be extremely dangerous.
If you are hit by a car while walking, you should see a personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal alternatives. You can do so by contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation at 800-333-0000.