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How to Protect Yourself as a Pedestrian

Posted by Russell West | Jan 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

An accident occurred on North Mayfair and East Hastings between a vehicle and pedestrian, blocking all traffic headed eastbound on Hastings Road. As a result of the crash, anyone driving through the area was advised to make a detour. 

A pedestrian was first reported to have ended up trapped beneath the vehicle, but rescue workers were able to move the vehicle off of the pedestrian. The degree of the damage caused by the crash remains uncertain.  

To avoid ending up in an accident, pedestrians can follow several important strategies, which include the following four tips.

Remain Visible

Bright colors like neons and white help to make your presence known to motorists. Things like reflector vests and other clothing can make drivers more likely to spot pedestrians and consequently operate a vehicle in a way that keeps pedestrians safe. Visibility makes a big difference in locations that are not sufficiently lit as well as locations that lack designated crossing areas.

Always Walk Toward Traffic in Areas With No Sidewalks

If you are walking on a street lacking a sidewalk, you should make sure to walk on the left side of the road and towards traffic. This way you can see oncoming traffic and there are no surprises from motorists who approach you from behind. 

Wait for Your Turn

Some pedestrians are too eager or in too much of a hurry to reach their destination and as a result, end up either jaywalking or advancing on a crosswalk before the light can fully change. Walking without a signal substantially increases a pedestrian's chances of getting hit by a vehicle, particularly if a negligent driver is attempting to beat a traffic light. It is a much safer idea for pedestrians to pass through intersections whenever possible and to always wait until signals show that it is safe to cross the road. 

Examine the Driver's Behavior

Defensive walking means reducing the number of potentially dangerous situations in which a pedestrian places themselves. As a pedestrian, you should strive to put your well-being and safety first, which means never thinking that another motorist will operate a vehicle with your safety in mind.

Contact an Experienced Spokane Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one was injured or killed while traversing the street as a pedestrian in Spokane or the surrounding area and another party is responsible, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation. 

About the Author

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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Spokane Attorney Russell West practice areas include: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Slip and Falls, DUIs, DOL Hearings, Criminal Traffic, Expungement/Vacating Records, and Insurance Bad Faith

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