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 safe?”
* 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 & Kurth, 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.