In a perfect world, everyone would be able to cross the street without worrying about becoming the latest pedestrian accident victim. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and there are too many pedestrian deaths every day. Whether you are the driver or the pedestrian, these accidents are traumatic. Learn about some of the steps that can be taken to reduce pedestrian deaths in California.
Pedestrians Can Follow These Tips
For pedestrians who want to stay safe, the best things they can do are to obey all traffic signs and signals, to assume that drivers do not see them unless eye contact is made, to walk facing traffic at all times, to always watch for cars at driveways, crosswalks, and intersections, and to wear clothing that is bright and reflective so you are easier to see. Additionally, it is not wise to walk while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Drivers Can Follow These Tips
When a driver wants to avoid a car accident involving a pedestrian, there are a number of steps they can take too. They can always watch for pedestrians, especially when they are backing up. They can be sure to never pass a vehicle that is turning or is at a crosswalk, they can slow down and be ready to stop when entering any crosswalk or when turning, and they can obey all laws – including lowered speed limits in areas with high pedestrian traffic such as school zones and residential areas. Again, not driving under the influence is important for drivers too.
Cities Can Follow These Tips
Even if every driver and every pedestrian always followed the tips we’ve listed, there would still be pedestrian accidents. Why? Partially because, as the word “accident” implies, there will always be mistakes made. But also because cities do not take the actions they could to keep their cities safer.
Some changes to infrastructure that could make a big difference include widening streets to give vehicles and pedestrians more room, adding crosswalks, increasing signage, adding sidewalks, and adding traffic signals. They can begin with intersections or areas in which there are a higher than the average number of pedestrian accidents but these are changes that could eventually be made everywhere.
Let Us Help You if You Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and suffered an injury, then it is worth talking to a personal injury attorney to discover your options. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation today.