On average, there is a car accident-related pedestrian fatality every two hours across the United States, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. That adds up to more than 4,000 deaths and 70,000 injuries every year. Pedestrians were one of just a few demographics of United States road users to experience an increase in annual fatalities last year, so it is important to remember the little things that we can all do to curb these accidents.
Our lawyers believe that proactive education is one of the most efficacious methods of accident prevention, and that the more people know, the more they can do to keep themselves safe before a pedestrian accident and take care of their families after an accident. What follows are a few things that everyone should know about pedestrian accidents.
When You’re Walking:
➢ Always follow the rules of the road, obeying all signs and signals. The more predictable you are as a pedestrian, the easier it is for cars to react in a timely and safe manner
➢ Stay alert. Don’t become distracted by cell phones, iPods or other technology
➢ If a sidewalk is not present, walk facing oncoming traffic so that you can see what’s coming long before hand.
➢ NEVER assume that a driver sees you, or that they will stop for you. Make eye contact with a driver and ensure that they have acknowledged your presence before walking out in front of their vehicle.
When You Drive:
➢ Remember that pedestrian safety is just as much the drivers responsibility. Use extra caution when driving in conditions of low visibility, and always slow down when turning or entering a crosswalk.
➢ When stopping at a crosswalk, yield far enough back to allow pedestrians to walk and allow other vehicles to see pedestrians crossing. Likewise, never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk, as they may be allowing someone to cross that you cannot see.
➢ Be especially cautious when backing out of driveways or parking lots, especially if you drive a larger vehicle or SUV. It is easy for children or even adults to become lost in your vehicles blind spots.
➢ Always reduce your speed in school zones and neighborhoods where children or other pedestrians may be present.
(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our lawyers have represented a number of clients who have suffered personal injuries in Chicago or the Greater State of Illinois, as well as the survivors of pedestrians who have been killed due to the reckless or negligent actions of another person. We understand just how debilitating injuries associated with pedestrian traffic accidents can be, and that is why we are committed to helping prevent them.