How to Avoid Being Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
With today being the first day of March, my mind automatically starts thinking about Spring. Technically, we still have a few more weeks until it’s officially Spring, but I seem to mentally associate making it through February with making it through Winter.
As Spring approaches, we will naturally start to see more people walking, biking, as they enjoy the weather and the beauty of the outdoors. Walking has many benefits, but it’s important to remember that pedestrian accidents often involve very serious injuries. For this reason, I want to share three tips that will hopefully minimize the chance of you being injured in a pedestrian accident.
Tip #1 – Use Crosswalks
I’ll be the first to admit it. Sometimes it’s a hassle to walk all the way down to the corner so that you can cross the street in a crosswalk. Crosswalks don’t magically eliminate all pedestrian or bike accidents, but they definitely help keep pedestrian accidents to a minimum.
Crosswalks follow patterns. First of all, crosswalks are strategically located at places that are somewhat predictable. Crosswalks also follow a pattern when it comes to their color schemes and layouts. The predictable location and patterns of crosswalks act as a trigger that notifies drivers that there could be pedestrians in the area. I highly recommend that you use crosswalks, whenever they’re available so that you increase the likelihood of a driver noticing you.
Tip #2 – Wear Appropriate Clothing
I realize that neon colored clothing isn’t quite as popular today as it was in the eighties. However, it’s important to be mindful of your clothing, lighting and weather conditions if you want to avoid being injured in a pedestrian accident.
If you go walking, running, or bicycling, please consider wearing a reflective belt or bright colored clothing. This will allow cars to notice you sooner and steer clear of you. If you don’t own any reflective or bright colored clothing, you might consider carrying a light or installing a light on your bike.
Tip #3 – Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
As I mentioned above, crosswalks help to minimize the chance of you being injured in a pedestrian accident, but they don’t completely eliminate all pedestrian or bike accidents. I have had multiple experiences where I began to cross a street in a crosswalk and quickly realized that a person driving a car or truck didn’t notice me in the crosswalk. This goes to show that we always have to pay attention to our surroundings when we’re out and about.
Before you cross a street, be sure to look both ways. If you see cars coming towards you, take a moment to consider the rate of speed that the car is traveling and the distance between you and the car. Make an informed decision instead of just walking into the middle of the street, and don’t be too proud to let the car drive by and then safely cross the street once the car passes you. It’s not worth being seriously injured or losing your life.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to call our office. We have a lot of experience representing pedestrian accident and other personal injury victims. Texas law permits people who have been injured in a pedestrian accident to receive compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We are always willing to give a free consultation so that you are aware of your rights and options.