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Tips to Help Prevent Pedestrian Accidents in California

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Monterey pedestrian accident lawyerIn recent years, the number of traffic fatalities that occur throughout the United States has risen at a somewhat alarming rate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 37,461 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2016. Of those fatalities, 5,987 were pedestrians who died in traffic collisions. The NHTSA reported that pedestrian fatalities increased by about 9% in 2016 and are at the highest they have been since 1990. 

At some point during the day, everyone is a pedestrian, so everyone is at risk. Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries, which is why it is important to be as safe as possible both when driving and when you are a pedestrian.

When You Are a Pedestrian

  • Be predictable. Drivers will be expecting you to follow the rules of the road. Make sure you cross the street at designated crosswalks, obey traffic signals, and yield to drivers.
  • Do not be distracted. When you are looking down at your phone or have headphones on, you are not fully aware of the world around you. You should be alert at all times and remain attentive to what is going on around you.
  • Use the sidewalk. If a sidewalk is available, you should always use it rather than walking in the street. If there is no sidewalk available, you should walk toward oncoming traffic and stay as far away from the road as possible.
  • Do not assume. Making assumptions is never good for anyone. You should never assume that a driver sees you. Always wear bright or reflective clothing, especially if you are walking at night.

When You Are a Driver

  • Keep your eyes open. Always look for pedestrians everywhere you are driving. If you are driving at night or in inclement weather, use extra caution and stay alert for pedestrians.
  • Yield to pedestrians. You have the upper hand when it comes to pedestrians - you are protected by a vehicle, and they are not. Always yield to pedestrians, even if they are not crossing the street at a crosswalk.
  • Follow the rules. It is important to always follow the rules of the road, which will help protect the safety of yourself and others. Obey posted speed limits, especially in residential areas or school zones, and never drive when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?

All motor vehicle accidents can be dangerous, but collisions involving a pedestrian can be especially perilous. Human bodies are likely to be seriously injured when struck by a large, heavy vehicle. If you have been in a traffic accident, you probably suffered injuries, especially if you were a pedestrian. A skilled Monterey, CA pedestrian accident lawyer can help you determine the extent of your injuries and your options for pursuing compensation from a negligent driver. Contact Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. at 408-298-7200 to schedule your free consultation today.

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/811785.pdf

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812493

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