When you step outside your home, you don’t expect to be struck by a car. Moreover, you don’t expect your kids to be hit by a car when they walk to school, or head to the bus stop, in the morning. The problem is that negligent drivers on the road, or reckless drivers speeding through a parking lot, might not see you or your children. The end result could be a pedestrian accident that results in catastrophic injuries. In the worst cases, pedestrian accidents can even be fatal – especially because pedestrians are unprotected by the body of a car.
Here are a few important tips for pedestrian safety that might just save your life:
- Stay Alert: Pedestrian accidents can also be caused by pedestrians who are distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices. If you fail to focus on the road in front of you because you are busy texting or using an iPhone app, you may not notice a car approaching until it’s too late.
- Look Both Ways Before Crossing: It may seem obvious, but it’s still important to teach your kids that they should look both ways before crossing the street. It’s also good advice for adults to follow if they want to avoid being struck by a car.
- Wait for Traffic Signals: When walking across the street at an intersection, you should always wait for pedestrian signals or traffic signals that indicate that it’s safe for pedestrians to cross.
- Avoid Walking in Poorly Lit Areas: If possible, try to avoid walking at night in areas that are not well-lit. If it’s too dark, motorists may not notice pedestrians on the street or in the parking lot. In the event that you do have to walk around at night, consider wearing bright-colored clothing that will make it easier for drivers to spot you.
If you or a loved one was injured while walking in Alabama, you should speak with a knowledgeable Birmingham personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The experienced, aggressive personal injury lawyers at Salter & Ferguson can help you get compensation for your injuries. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation.