Pedestrian Accidents Are on the Rise: Learn How You Can Protect Yourself
In a perfect world, everyone could feel safe simply walking down the street. Unfortunately, we do not live in that perfect world. We live in a world in which pedestrian accidents not only happen but are on the rise. Once the final tally is completed, experts believe that 2018 numbers will show the highest number of fatal pedestrian accidents since 1990.
When you also consider that California has more pedestrian fatalities than any other state, it is easy to see that something needs to change. Read on to learn how you can stay safer when you are walking down the street. If you have already been injured in a pedestrian accident, or you have lost a loved one in one, then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
Reasons for the Increase in Pedestrian Accidents
One step in preventing yourself from being the victim of a pedestrian accident is understanding why these accidents are on the rise in the first place. First, there are more distracted drivers on the road. In fact, this has led to general increases in the number of accidents on the roads. Nighttime accidents also rose, which means more people are either walking at night or not wearing safety gear to make themselves visible.
It is also believed that there are more people walking in general, which would result in an increase in accidents for those walking. Experts point to poorly designed crossing as well. Finally, one of the reasons for the increase in deadly accidents in particular can be blamed on the increase in SUVs. Since they are twice as likely to kill a pedestrian than a sedan, it stands to reason that the increase in SUVs on the road would result in more pedestrian deaths.
Safety Tips to Lower Your Chance of Being Involved in a Pedestrian Accident
There are a number of steps you can take to lower your chance of being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. First and foremost, make sure you are wearing bright colors and carrying a flashlight if you walk at night. If possible, walk in groups and make sure you avoid distractions. Do not walk when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Before you cross the street, look both ways. When you see a driver stopped and it is your turn to go, make eye contact with them to assure they know you are there. Try to cross only at crosswalks. If you are walking with a child, hold their hand when you are crossing the road.
If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation. We can help you get the compensation you are owed from the at-fault party.