When news outlets like The Washington Post and others report statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)indicating that, overall, the number of traffic fatalities in the United States decreased by 4 percent from 2009 to 2014, the average citizen could be forgiven if he or she believed that this meant roads throughout the country were becoming safer.
However, statistics from the GHSA actually paint a troubling picture. While the number of motor vehicle fatalities may be decreasing, the number of pedestrian deaths is increasing. In fact, according to The Washington Post, between 2009 and 2014 pedestrian fatalities increased by 19 percent and jumped 10 percent between 2014 and 2015 alone.
These statistics show that while roads may be safer for motorists, they are as dangerous as ever for pedestrians.
Avoiding a Fort Wayne Pedestrian Crash
Although pedestrians cannot prevent all collisions, there are certain actions they can take to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a pedestrian accident. You should take the following reasonable measures any time you travel on foot:
- Do not text while walking or use headphones. Doing so distracts you from what is happening around you and you may unwittingly walk directly into traffic.
- Make certain to walk on sidewalks when they are available, use crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be mindful of traffic signals and the movement of vehicles. Although the law says that pedestrians have the right of way, other drivers may not see you in time to stop their cars. Take responsibility for your own safety.
- If you are walking at night, wear highly visible clothing – especially if you will be walking through an area that does not have a sidewalk.
- Obey traffic laws (such as walking against traffic) and signs just as you would if you were a motorist. If a crosswalk sign tells you not to walk, do not begin crossing the street.
I’ve Been Hit By a Car – Now What?
Despite your best efforts, you were just struck by a vehicle. Your first priority should be assessing the severity of your injuries and summoning immediate medical help if needed. An ambulance should be called if the victim loses consciousness, may have suffered a head, neck, or spine injury, or if the extent of the injuries are not clear.
Even if you feel okay after a collision, you should still make an appointment with your doctor and be checked for internal or latent injuries as soon as possible.
If you suspect the motorist was at fault for causing your accident, contact the experienced Fort Wayne personal injury lawyers at Truitt Law Offices. We will investigate the cause of your pedestrian accident and advise you about your legal rights regarding potential compensation.