Almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day, whether walking back to the car after grocery shopping, out for an evening jog, or commuting to and from work on foot. Most of us drive on a daily basis as well, so we know how important it is to look out for people traveling on foot when behind the wheel.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents are a serious issue in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2017, an average of one pedestrian was killed in a traffic accident every 88 minutes. In 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a report that showed pedestrian fatalities were at a 30 year high.
At Walker Wallace PLC, we take pedestrian safety very seriously. Our Louisville pedestrian accident lawyers put together the following tips for pedestrians to encourage their safety:
- Always cross at crosswalks. Crossing from between parked cars or at another unexpected location can be very dangerous because drivers may not spot you until it’s too late. If there is no crosswalk or intersection available, find a well-lit area from where you can see traffic and the people driving can see you. Wait to cross until there is a large enough gap between vehicles to get all the way across the road safely.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk along the road in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Be as visible as possible. If you’re walking at night, wearing bright or reflective clothing will help you stand out. You can also carry a flashlight, or even use the light from your phone to stay visible.
- Don’t do anything unpredictable. Accidents are much easier to prevent if pedestrians (and motorists) follow all traffic signs and signals. No driver expects you suddenly run out into the street; if you cross at an unexpected time or place, drivers have much less time to react and avoid hitting you.
- Never assume motorists can see you. Drivers are often not looking out for pedestrians, especially if there are no sidewalks or crosswalks around. One of the safest ways to cross is to wait until you make eye contact with drivers as they approach.
- Stay alert at all times. Walking and texting can be almost as dangerous as texting and driving. Avoid distractions and focus on the road—remember, drivers don’t often look out for pedestrians, so you must be extra vigilant to make up for it. Watch especially carefully for vehicles entering or exiting driveways and backing out of parking spots.
Over 6000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year and hundreds of thousands more end up with injuries ranging from minor to severe. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a collision with a motor vehicle while on foot, reach out to our Louisville pedestrian accident attorneys for assistance. We will listen to the facts of your situation, inform you of your rights, and help you decide whether taking legal action is right for you.
Contact us now to schedule your free, no-obligation legal consultation.