PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER
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A pedestrian may be at more risk for severe injury than anyone one else on or near the road. Since there is no external protection at all, even a small hit at low speeds can cause extensive physical and mental damage. Some areas have taken precautions to limit how many accidents involve pedestrians, but faulty equipment, failure of the pedestrian to heed the laws of the road as a pedestrian, and drivers who aren’t always paying attention are all potential issues that can lead to serious accidents. In pedestrian accidents, you may not have the means to cover the costs and it may be even more difficult getting the responsible parties to accept blame. Don’t be a victim twice. Make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Responsibility to Keep Pedestrians Safe
Although most pedestrians know to cross the street at intersections, they may not always do so. This is especially true when it comes to children. In certain areas, cars drive at high speeds because there isn’t a stop sign nearby or the speed may not be reduced for safety. Because of this, pedestrians who cross the street may not have enough time to get out of the way of an oncoming car. Another common problem is that drivers are not aware that children are in the area, so they aren’t as cautious as they might otherwise be. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the county, city, or state to install signs to make drivers more aware and keep everyone on the road safe. If pedestrians are hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you’ll need our experienced lawyers on your side to help you seek justice.
Laws Protecting Pedestrians
It has become a common occurrence for people to ignore the lights and signs on school buses. This puts children in an especially high risk group. Though going around these buses is illegal, drivers who are in a hurry might often ignore these signs. And even with severe fines and penalties, it’s the risk to the child that is the highest. That’s why some states implement special programs to monitor and intervene with vehicles that go around school buses that are letting children off or waiting for them to get on the bus.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice
Pedestrians aren’t required to carry insurance as they walk out in public. Their health insurance may not cover all the costs either, so it’s especially important to contact an experienced lawyer who can manage these issues. Don’t be a victim twice and attempt to navigate a pedestrian accident without us in your corner. If you or someone you love has been in a pedestrian accident, call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 immediately.
Ways to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents happen more frequently than we think and result in some of the most serious injuries of all accidents. With distracted driving increasingly becoming a problem, pedestrians are more at risk than ever. The key is to reduce the risk that pedestrians face as much as possible with some very simple methods.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Lighting really is everything. Even those who wear lighter colored clothing may not stand out right away to other pedestrians or even drivers. Staying within a well-lit area when possible is helpful. Otherwise, pedestrians can wear small headlamps or devices such as flashing arm bands to provide more visibility when walking in darker areas.
Obey Traffic Laws
Pedestrians are supposed to obey traffic laws just like anyone else on the road. From crossing the road to staying off of it and on the sidewalk, the pedestrian can reduce their risk just by choosing their location carefully. For example, it may take a bit longer to get down to the crosswalk in order to cross safely at the intersection, but also means you don’t have to cross in the middle of oncoming traffic. There may even be a traffic signal that makes things much easier for pedestrians as well as drivers.
Be Aware at All Times
Some pedestrian accidents can be prevented just by being aware. Drivers, skateboarders, and other people that you share the roadway with aren’t always paying as much attention as they should. Even if they are paying attention, they may not be following traffic laws themselves and their actions can easily put you at risk for an accident. By being more aware of your surroundings and what people are doing, you may be able to step out of the way in time to avoid an accident.
Being alert and following the traffic laws are some of the most important actions a pedestrian or anyone else on the road can take. People do make mistakes, and unforeseen events occur, but many traffic accidents are caused by nothing more than a lack of attentiveness and drivers who are distracted. When these types of mistakes are made, the people who caused the accident should be held responsible for the injuries and damage they cause.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice
Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are, you still have to worry about other people on the road who may not be as careful as you. If you are in a pedestrian accident, it’s very easy to be victimized again afterward by other parties who don’t want to take responsibility for their carelessness. Don’t be a victim twice. We can help. Call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 immediately.