In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians – people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means —were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. More than 70,000 pedestrians were injured in that same year. In the time it takes you to read this article, one pedestrian will be injured somewhere in the US. Every two hours, a pedestrian is killed. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than an occupant.
Drivers of cars, trucks, buses and taxis all have a responsibility to see and watch out for pedestrians, even if they are someplace pedestrians are not normally seen. Still, there are some things a pedestrian can do to lower your risk of getting hit. Some tips include:
- Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
- Don’t assume a driver will stop even if there is a Stop Sign or Yield Sign. Wait for the driver to stop before you go.
- Be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing at night to increase your visibility.
- Walk on the sidewalk if possible but if not, walk FACING traffic.
- Hang onto children. Kids can accidentally run out into traffic. Watch children carefully at all times.
If you or a loved one has been hurt while walking in, on or near the street, call Dixon Law Office. We have gotten over $4,000,000 in compensation for pedestrians hit by cars. Call today at 888-354-9880 or click here for a free review of your case. If we don’t win your case, you pay no fee so call today! We will make it right for you.