Preventing Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
More than 4,000 pedestrians were killed and another 70,000 were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010. Older adults and young children are at the greatest risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident, and pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than drivers to be killed in an accident every time they walk. Collisions with vehicles travelling at high speeds are more likely to result in fatalities.
Pedestrians have few defenses against larger, heavier, faster vehicles. Injuries can be severe, and deaths are common. However, pedestrians do have ways they can reduce their risk of suffering a collision with a vehicle.
1. Increased visibility
People who are walking at dusk, dawn or late at night may be difficult for passing drivers to see until it is too late. If you enjoy walking when it is dark, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight so that motorists can see you more easily.
When crossing the road, look for designated crosswalks. If roads lack crosswalks, cross at intersections, and avoid crossing at an angle, which tends to result in crossing multiple lanes at once.
Use the sidewalk whenever possible. If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic, which gives you a better view of oncoming traffic and allows you to make adjustments to your walk as needed.
If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of a collision with a vehicle, Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney Mr. Hamdam can help. Contact us today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.
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