When a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the consequences can be outright devastating. Such accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Cars and trucks often fail to see pedestrians or even to pay attention altogether. That’s why the best thing you can do is to proactively prevent your involvement in these accidents to begin with. While pedestrian accidents can – and do – sometimes occur no matter what you do, here are tips for preventing them.
Be Prepared for the Weather
Always keep an eye out for the weather forecast before you walk anywhere. Try to avoid walking in bad weather such as heavy rain or snow whenever possible. If you must walk in inclement weather be sure to wear the proper footwear as parts of the road or sidewalk may be slippery.
Obey All Traffic Laws
This should go without saying, but it’s imperative that you follow all traffic laws. This includes traffic lights, directional signs, and the like. Also make sure that you look both ways before you cross the street and keep an eye out for hidden driveways, alleys, and any roadways where drivers’ vision of you may be obstructed.
Avoid Taking Anything That Could Impair Your Judgment
Whether you are driving or simply walking, always refrain from taking any drugs or alcohol that could impair your judgment. This includes not only any illegal or prescription drugs, but even some over-the-counter drugs as well.
Walk on the Sidewalk Whenever Possible
Always use the sidewalk whenever it is possible. However, if there is no sidewalk, be sure to always walk in the direction facing the traffic so that you can see the vehicles and they can better see you. Always walk in the crosswalk and intersections that have walk lights.
Make Sure You Can Be Seen
It’s best to avoid walking in the dark. However, if you must walk when it is dark outside, always remember that you want to be walking in a well-lit area. Fortunately, sidewalks usually have street lights. However, it’s still a good idea to carry a flashlight or to wear reflective clothing so that you can be seen. Never assume that drivers can see you though.
Stay Away from Electronic Devices
Awareness is one of the best defenses you can have. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t engage in any practices that could reduce your attention and awareness to your surroundings. This includes things such as using your cell phone. If you are listening to music, it’s always best to keep one earbud out so that you can still hear what is going on around you.
If you follow the aforementioned tips, you can help to reduce the likelihood that you will be involved in a pedestrian accident.
The Attorneys at Bradford Law Help Those in Charlotte Who Have Been Injured in an Accident
If you have been injured in an accident, your first priority is getting the medical care you need to heal and get back on track. But you also deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other harms and losses. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a qualified North Carolina personal injury attorney.
At Bradford Law, we will work tirelessly to hold the responsible party accountable and get you meaningful compensation. We have comprehensive knowledge of the applicable negligence and insurance laws and will put those laws to work for you. We understand the lasting impact a serious injury can have on you and your family and will make sure that all of your medical and financial needs are met. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!