Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related
death in the United States. Pedestrian safety is not something that should
be taken lightly. Pedestrians- people who travel by foot, wheelchair and
stroller- are among the most vulnerable users on the road. With the many
distractions in today’s society, it is extremely important to be
alert and aware of your surroundings. It’s crucial to keep these
things in mind when traveling by foot:
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Have an escape plan – always make room to jump out of the way if needed.
- Assume that the person operating the motor vehicle is not paying attention.
- Always stay on the sidewalk, if available.
- Remember that different weather conditions may make it difficult for drivers
to see pedestrians.
Pedestrians often make the mistake of believing they are safe when using
a sidewalk or walking through a parking lot. Although often using these
means can be safe, it is important to remember the dangers that lurk.
These are the things to be mindful of:
- Drivers often park on curbs or sidewalks, be sure to take extra caution
when maneuvering around these obstacles.
- Be alert - listen for engine noises, watch for backup lights when walking
through a parking lot.
- If there is not a sidewalk available, go out of your way to find a sidewalk
or crossing. If your only choice is to walk on the road, walk facing traffic
in order to view any oncoming travel.
- Always be visible by wearing light colored or reflective clothing.
As a pedestrian, crossing the street can be tricky. Often times there is
not a cross walk provided or pedestrian walkway available for assistance.
For safety reasons, it is critical to keep these things in mind when crossing
- Stand clear of large vehicles, buses, shrubbery, parked cars, or obstacle
in which drivers cannot see you.
- Refrain from using headphones, texting, using your cell phone or any other
distractions that may take away from your safety.
- Try to catch the driver’s eye when using a cross walk. This ensures
that operator of the motor vehicle is aware of your crossing.
- As an extra precaution, check the pedestrian signal against what the traffic
is actually doing.
- When crossing multiple lanes, be sure traffic in each lane has come to
a complete stop before attempting to cross.
- If you must travel at night, cross the street in a well-lit area. Unfortunately,
even when taking these extra precautions, not all pedestrian accidents
can be avoided.
As a Marietta personal injury law firm, we see devastating pedestrian accidents
involving motor vehicles. As a result, no matter what the speed of the
motor vehicle, there is often always serious personal injury. If you or
someone you love has fallen victim to a Georgia pedestrian accident, please
contact 770-427-5498, your Marietta personal injury attorney at Jones