Pedestrian Injury Prevention
California leads the nation in the number of pedestrians killed and injured in automobile accidents. Pedestrian accidents can be devastating- the human body cannot withstand the collision force of a 2 ton motor vehicle. If you were injured as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash.
How can pedestrians help prevent injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pedestrians can help prevent injuries and deaths from the following:
- Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing.
- Whenever possible, pedestrians should cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
- It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if a sidewalk is not available, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder and facing traffic.
How can drivers help prevent injuries and deaths?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Safety Countermeasures Division:
- Look for pedestrians everywhere. Pedestrians may not be walking where they should be or may be hard to see—especially in poor lit conditions, including dusk/dawn/night and poor weather.
- Always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
- Slowdown and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit; slow down around pedestrians.
- Stay focused and slow down where children may be present, like school zones and neighborhoods.