It is not uncommon for people throughout Southern California to walk to and from work, or to and from the local store – or perhaps just around the block for some exercise. Due to our near-constant good weather, just about every day is a great day to talk a walk. The bad news is that the more you walk, the more likely you will be to be the victim of a pedestrian accident.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we have compiled five driving habits you can be aware of in order to reduce your chances of being in an accident. If you are injured by a driver while you are a pedestrian, contact our offices at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We will work tirelessly to ensure you get fair treatment for your case.
Driving while drowsy
Driving under the influence
Speeding is dangerous to pedestrians in two ways
One could say that the many technological safety additions to cars makes them safer than ever before. However, it can also be said that these very safety additions can make cars more dangerous. As drivers have more and more to look at, whether texts, apps on their phone, or safety equipment giving them information, they become distracted. Studies have shown that being distracted behind the wheel can greatly increase the chances of being in an accident.
Many drivers assume that being tried behind the wheel is nothing more than a personal annoyance but, as is true of distracted driving, drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous. Not only is the driver not able to focus the same way they would if they were well rested, their drowsy status also means that their reaction time is significantly reduced.
Fortunately, we live in a time where you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not think that drunk driving is a bad thing. However, we also live in a time when plenty of people still do it. If you see a driver acting erratically or are walking past a bar, pay attention to make sure you do not become the next victim of a drunk driver.
First, a driver who is speeding needs longer to stop, cannot react as quickly to hazards in the road, and does not have total control of their vehicle. Second, if a driver is speeding when they hit a pedestrian, the chances of the accident becomes catastrophic – or even deadly – greatly increase.
An angry driver is one who is likely to take more risks. As a result, if you see a driver breaking the law, do not try to make sure they know. Do not gesture at them or yell at them. If they become angry, not only will they be lawbreakers, they will be extra dangerous.
If you are hit by a car while a pedestrian then you should talk to a personal injury attorney to find out what your legal options are. You can do so by reaching out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.