According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2017 an average of one person was killed every 88 minutes in an auto-pedestrian accident. This was a 1.7 percent decrease from the previous year but that still amounts to 5,977 deaths.
The NHTSA has put together ten suggestions to help you do all that you can to protect yourself from auto-pedestrian accidents.
1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
4. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
5. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
6. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
7. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
8. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
These simple tips can be the difference between safety and serious injury. As personal injury lawyers, we know that in spite of all of your best efforts, accidents still happen. If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, contact our office. We can help.