Making Safety a Priority: How to Protect Yourself from a Pedestrian Accident
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Each year more than 150,000 pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms
across the US for non-fatal crash-related injuries. In 2014, over 4,800
people were killed in
pedestrian-related crashes and this number continued to rise in 2015 by an estimated 10% increase.
This leads to the question, “how can I keep myself and my family
* Utilize Sidewalks. Most cities and towns provide sidewalks for pedestrians.
If you find yourself in an area that does not have sidewalks, walk on
the shoulder and face traffic.
* Increase your visibility at night. Carry a flashlight, not only for your
vision but to allow others to see you and always wear reflective clothing.
* Pay Attention to Signals and Crosswalks. Be attentive to the signals
and cross at designated crosswalks. Be patient and don’t rush across
the street before the signal changes.
* Put your cell phone down. Use a hands-free phone to make calls or even
better, wait until you reach your office or home to talk.
* Stay Alert. Pay attention to your surroundings and traffic. Oftentimes,
an accident can be avoided if the pedestrian is paying attention to their
surroundings and is alert.
* Discuss pedestrian safety with family. It is important to talk with children
about sidewalk safety. Teach them how to cross the street, pay attention
to signals and most of all, not to be distracted while going from Point
A to Point B.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC take pedestrian
accidents seriously and will work diligently to make sure you get the
care and compensation that you deserve. If you or a loved one has been
injured in a pedestrian related accident, please
contact us today for a free no-obligation quote.