How to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents occur very frequently in the United States for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the driver is at fault, the pedestrian, or both the driver and pedestrian. Most of the time the pedestrian has the right away because they aren’t in a vehicle protecting their bodies from injuries. Nonetheless, it’s every driver’s responsibility to be aware of pedestrians even in the most unlikely places.
Tips for Drivers to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
It’s important that drivers don’t partake in any negligent behavior while driving. Drivers should always be aware of people on sidewalks and crosswalks. They should always be on the lookout for people walking and wearing earphones or utilizing their cell phone. Drivers should also be aware of young children and the elderly because they may not always be aware of pedestrian signs. Drivers should always make eye contact with pedestrians to let the pedestrians know they’re seen. To avoid hitting pedestrians, drivers should give them adequate space as they walk across crosswalks. If ever a driver is unsure if it’s the pedestrian’s turn to cross the street, the driver should always give the pedestrian the right of way.
Tips for Pedestrian to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
Sometimes pedestrians are partially liable for pedestrian accidents. In order to avoid being hit or run over, pedestrians should look in every direction before they cross the street. Pedestrians should still pay attention to drivers even when they are crossing the street because every vehicle has blind spots. Pedestrians should avoid wearing earphones while walking. Pedestrians should also avoid using electronic devices while walking. Even though drivers are required to be aware of pedestrians, pedestrians should never depend on a car to stop. Pedestrians should only cross at appropriate crosswalks. If possible, pedestrians should try to wear bright colors and walk in groups.
If a pedestrian accident still occurs, it’s important that both the pedestrian and driver hire lawyers to help them with their cases. If the pedestrian gets injured, the pedestrian can file a personal injury claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer. The pedestrian must be able to remember as many details as possible in order to document the evidence. If the pedestrian has the ability, he or she should try to take pictures of the accident. It’s vital that neither the driver nor pedestrian admits fault, as this could harm or help a case.
At Los Angeles Injury Group, we understand that pedestrian accidents account for a huge portion of fatalities in California. Unfortunately, that number increases every year. The main causes of pedestrian accidents are impaired driving, drunk pedestrians, drivers not following traffic lights, and speeding. We have experienced attorneys on our team that can help both pedestrians and drivers with their cases. We strongly believe pedestrians deserve to receive compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish. If you, or someone you love, received injuries in a pedestrian accident, call (310) 954-7248. We will evaluate your case and offer the best legal options for you.