Did you know that more than 80 percent of all non-vehicle occupant fatalities in road traffic accidents last 2008 are pedestrians?
Thatâ€™s right-- on that year, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed not to mention the other 69,000 who were injured.
If you are one of peopled injured or if one of your family members were killed as a pedestrian, then the best course of action is to hire a Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer to help you recover the losses you sustained from the crash.
If you have not been involved in a pedestrian yet then you are lucky because on average, a pedestrian is killed every 120 minutes and another is injured every 8 minutes.
That is why you should take every measure that you can to avoid pedestrian accidents.
To help you, here some safety tips that you can follow:
- Walk on sidewalks
The sidewalk is meant to be used by pedestrians. Bicyclists are not even advised to use the sidewalk because it is for people.
Those are made to keep pedestrians safe so you might as well use it.
- Cross on street corners
There is generally a crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked, in every street corner or intersection.
In a crosswalk, pedestrians generally have the right of way so vehicles have to stop or yield to you before proceeding.
- Look left and right before crossing
This is the most basic rule that you have to follow before crossing a road, whether in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Even if you have the right of way, you just never know what is going on with the head of other people so they might ignore you and plow through even if you are crossing.
Make sure that it is safe before proceeding.
This also applies to crossing parking lots and driveways.
- Make eye contact with the driver
This is to make sure that before crossing, you know that the driver is aware of your presence.
You can also raise your hand to signal to the driver that you are about to cross so that he can stop and give way.
- Be careful when it is dark or when there is bad weather
The key to avoiding pedestrian accidents is to keep yourself visible to the passing motorists, which can be a challenge at night or during bad weather like storms and heavy fog or snow.
Make sure that the drivers are aware of your presence before crossing.
However, even with all the care, there are reckless drivers out there who have wanton disregard for pedestrianâ€™s safety.
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, the Mesriani Law Group has a team of expert Los Angeles personal injury attorneys who can help you recover your losses.