Everyone has their own checklist when it comes to picking their means of transportation. Some like automobiles, while others find it more convenient to utilize the L train or a bus to get around town. Regardless of our varying personal preferences, there is one thing that we all share; when we step out of that train, bus or car, we are all pedestrians.
According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrians were one of the only demographics in America to experience an increase in traffic fatalities last year, with the death toll climbing to over 4,400 individuals. Summer is roughly a month away, and people all over the state of Illinois will soon be spending more time outside to take advantage of the warm weather and longer daylight hours. For this reason it’s important that we all know how to keep ourselves safe on sidewalks and near roadways. What follows are a few tips our lawyers have come up with to keep pedestrians safe this summer. (NHTSA)
Choose a Safe Place to Walk, and Know Your Surroundings-It’s always safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if one is not available and you have to walk on the side of a road, do so facing traffic to allow yourself the opportunity to see oncoming vehicles ahead of time. When crossing a street always use a designated crosswalk when available.
Increase Your Visibility, Especially At Night-It can be hard for drivers to see pedestrians, especially after sun down. If you are jogging or walking at night, wear bright colors or carry a flashlight to make yourself more visible. In the same sense, it is incredibly important to never assume that a driver can see you when you are crossing a street or walking on the side of the road when walking or jogging, no matter what time of day it is.
Avoid Distractions While Walking-Make sure you are alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Look up from your phone so you can react to dangers that may be present.
Watch Out For Your Friends, and Be Responsible When Drinking-In 2010, 33% of all pedestrian traffic fatalities were legally drunk at the time of their death. Virtually everyone knows how dangerous driving drunk can be, but walking while drunk presents many hazards as well. If you are coming back from a bar, watch out for your friends, and ensure that everyone stays together and gets home safely. (Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
As Chicago personal injury lawyers, our legal team has a wealth of experience dealing with pedestrian car accident lawsuits. If you have been injured in one of these accidents, or if you are a survivor of a loved one who was killed because of a negligent or reckless driver, call our attorneys now to explore your legal options.