3 Important Safety Tips for Pedestrians
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 65,000 pedestrians injured during 2014. In many cases, people who are involved in pedestrian accidents sustain extremely serious injuries, including broken bones, concussions, spinal cord injuries, and crush injuries.
Most of us are pedestrians at some point each day, so it is important to understand the risks of being on foot around motor vehicle traffic and to take steps to reduce our risk of involvement in an accident. Here are some basic safety tips for pedestrians.
Make Yourself Visible
If a driver cannot see you, they cannot take steps to avoid running into you. When you are walking at night or in low light conditions, wear brightly colored or retro-reflective clothing so that you are visible to motorists. It is also a good idea to carry a flashlight to further increase your visibility.
While distracted driving is certainly a hot-button topic these days, it is important for everyone on and around the roads to be fully aware of their surroundings, including pedestrians. When you are walking, minimize distractions that could prevent you from noticing an oncoming vehicle, such as texting, reading, or listening to music through headphones.
Understand the Risks Associated with Alcohol
A significant number of pedestrian accidents occur when pedestrians are under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a spokesperson for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association has been quoted as saying that it can be “just as dangerous” as drunk driving. Drinking can affect your judgment, your reaction time, balance, and awareness, so it is best to avoid walking around traffic if at all possible if you are under the influence.
What to Do If You Are In a Pedestrian Accident?
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can occur even if you every imaginable precaution. In the event that you are involved in one, there are certain things that you should do to protect your legal rights. These include the following:
- Document as much information as possible about the accident
- Seek medical attention and follow any advice that you get from a medical professional
- Stay off of social media
- Speak to an attorney as soon as you can
Call Boling Rice LLC Today to Speak with an Alpharetta Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today at 770-355-0780 or contact us online.