Pedestrian Safety Tips

pedestrians crossing on the road | Pedestrian Safety TipsInevitably, everyone one of us is a pedestrian at some point over the course of our day. So it’s disturbing to note that the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States has increased. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian fatalities were up 3.4% in 2018, over the previous years numbers. The 6,283 pedestrian fatalities that year was equivalent to one person dying every 84 minutes and represented 17% of all traffic accident fatalities. 

Given the much-discussed dangers of distracted driving and the prevalence of smartphones in the country, it might be safe to assume that these numbers could continue to rise. 

But, if we all make it a habit to follow some simple pedestrian safety tips, we can help improve our odds of avoiding being seriously injured in an accident as a pedestrian and help make our streets safer.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Never assume you’re visible – In fact, always assume that you are not visible, and this goes for when you’re crossing the street in the bright light of day, not just at night. A driver might be distracted, intoxicated, or maybe just have the sun in their eyes, while you might be assuming that you’re perfectly visible. You never know for sure, so better to an error on the side of caution. If you haven’t made eye contact or gotten a wave from the driver, assume they don’t know you’re there. 
  • Stick to sidewalks and crosswalks – As much as possible, stick to walking on streets that actually have sidewalks. If that’s not possible, walk so that you’re facing traffic. That way you can see what’s coming your way. Also whenever possible, only cross at designated intersections. That way, the surrounding drivers have the expectation that there may be pedestrians they need to look out for.
  • Avoid distractions and impairment – Don’t tune out while you’re walking around, be sure to stay alert. Loud headphones or a head down staring at a phone, make it difficult to notice possible auditory or visual indications that you are in danger. And don’t walk while impaired. According to the NHTSA intoxicated pedestrians were involved in an estimated 33% of all the fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018. 

Contact a Fort Collins Pedestrian Accident Attorney 

Fowler Injury LawThe Fowler Law Firm has the experience and resources needed to tackle pedestrian accident injury cases both big and small. Insurance companies notoriously play hardball with accident survivors. They do not want to pay them what they need to recover. That is why we fight so aggressively for our clients. 

We can protect your rights to pursue compensation after an injury. Call us today at (970) 232-3322, or fill out the confidential contact form on this website for more information. We offer free consultations because we want to learn more about you personally. Call us or come in for a free review of your case today.

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Timms Fowler
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