Sometimes a pedestrian accident occurs even though the pedestrian does everything they should to stay safe. In other cases, pedestrian accidents occur because the pedestrian did not make a point of being as safe as possible. Keep reading to learn how to stay as safe as possible, but if you do sustain an injury in this type of accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Only Cross the Street at Crosswalks
You can significantly reduce your chance of being involved in a pedestrian accident by using a crosswalk every time you cross the street. According to one study by the Boston Public Health Commission, only 12% of pedestrians wait for the “Walk” sign before crossing. Not only is this dangerous but it is illegal. Waiting a few seconds for the sign to change could save your life or the life of someone else.
Do Not Walk While Distracted
Most people know that distracted driving often causes car accidents, but fewer realize that distracted walking can increase the chance of being involved in a pedestrian accident. This includes talking on the phone, texting while driving, and listening to music. A person who does any of these is going to be looking away from the street more often than a person who is focusing on safe walking. Likewise, listening to music or talking on the phone can make it hard to hear what is going on around you.
Become Familiar with Pedestrian Laws
Many people do not know the pedestrian laws in California. They assume that it is up to drivers to look out for them. While that is true, it is also true that pedestrians have rules about when they can cross the street, where they can cross it, and which side of the road to safely walk. Knowing the rules, laws, and regulations can keep you safer when you’re walking.
Stay on Safer Streets
The fact is that some streets are just safer than others. For example, if you walk on a street with a wide sidewalk, you are likely going to be safer than if you walk on a street without a sidewalk. Narrow streets without sidewalks are particularly unsafe because they do not have enough room for vehicles and pedestrians. If you are walking at night, you will also want to stick with streets that are well lit.
Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Contact Us Now
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, we welcome your call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. If the accident was the result of another party acting recklessly or negligently, then they should be held accountable. Find out if you might have options by calling us for a free legal consultation.