How to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

Posted by Russell West | Jul 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In June 2019, a child was struck by a car close to AM Cannon Park. According to law enforcement officers, a child was riding a scooter across the street at the time the accident occurred. 

The driver of the vehicle looked both ways at a stop sign, but then declined to look left a last time before turning. As a result of the collision, the child ended up pinned beneath the front of the vehicle. 

Even though the child was not wearing a helmet, road rash is reported to have been the only injury. As a result of the accident, the driver was cited with failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. 

Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. The Centers for Disease Control report that approximately 150,000 individuals each year end requiring care in emergency rooms as a result of pedestrian accidents. Additionally, 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in these accidents. 

Regardless of a person's age or background, everyone is at risk of being injured in one of these unfortunate accidents. Young adults between the ages of 15 to 29, however, are the most at risk of being seriously injured in these accidents. 

By following some of the safety precautions below, you can make sure that you remain visible and greatly decrease your chances of ending up in an accident. 

Remain Visible

One of the best ways to remain safe while on the road is to make sure that motor vehicle drivers are able to see you to avoid collisions. Make eye contact with approaching motorists, travel only in well-lit areas, and wear bright or lightly colored clothing to ensure drivers can see you at all times. 

Remain Alert

Pedestrian should pay careful attention to their surroundings while walking as well as the behavior of motor vehicle operators. A number of motor vehicle operators become distracted while driving and often fail to consider the possibility of whether a pedestrian is in the area. 

If you are a pedestrian who notices a motor vehicle driver operating a vehicle in an erratic manner, it is important to remain alert and avoid that driver at all costs.

Walk in Safe Places

Pedestrians have a duty to make sure they remain safe while walking, which means that 

they should follow a number of important safety precautions. This includes not crossing intersections diagonally, obeying traffic control signs, walking only in crosswalks and other designated pedestrian areas, and whenever possible, walking on the left-hand side of the street. 

Speak with an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Pedestrian accidents are frequently deadly and can result in a number of serious complications. If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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Russell West

Russell West from West Law Office, located in Spokane, Washington represents clients in areas of criminal traffic, misdemeanors, and personal injury. DUI’s, Reckless Driving, Negligent driving, Hit and Run, and Driving with Suspended license are the majority of criminal traffic violations. Drug Charges, Theft, and Domestic Violence account for most of the other criminal cases Russell handles.

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