In the past decade, the number of car accident deaths have steadily declined. Unfortunately, that can not be said for pedestrian accidents. Every year, more than 4,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents and nearly 70,000 pedestrians are injured.
Whether you are running, jogging or walking your dog, you need to be especially careful now that fall is upon us and the days are shorter.
One of the most common sense suggestions for pedestrians is to wear clothes so that you will be seen. A white shirt, a reflective vest and lights made for runners/walkers can help you stay visible. It is amazing the number of pedestrians who just do not make themselves visible.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control provides the following safety tips for pedestrians:
- Cross at designated intersections where drivers most expect pedestrians.
- Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections. Some drivers may fail to yield or they may fail to notice pedestrians when they make a turn.
- Avoid crossing freeways or highways as cars travel at high rate of speeds and pedestrians often miscalculate their ability to cross the highway.
- Do not cross train tracks except at marked railroad crossings and NEVER cross tracks unless barriers are not down.
- Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Walk or jog on sidewalks.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents due to the negligence of a motorist and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.
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