Here’s a frightening fact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: in 2009, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes. That year, there was an estimated 59,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in the United States and 4,092 killed.
As an Atlanta accident lawyer, I’ve seen how common these accidents are.There are several reasons for these accidents, and they involve responsibility of both pedestrians and motorists. There are precautions that both driver and pedestrians must take in order to ensure each other’s safety.
Drivers often fail to stop or completely stop at stop signs or ignore traffic signals. Additionally, drivers end up striking pedestrians when they exceed speed limits that are posted. A recent and increasing issue with drivers is distracted driving such as texting, talking on the phone, looking at something besides the road, etc.
Although drivers have a great responsibility when behind the wheel, there are some things that pedestrians can do to help avoid an accident as well to follow the law. An example of this is to pay attention to traffic signals for pedestrians. Signs that signal pedestrians as to when they should walk or stop walking play an important part in both pedestrian and vehicle safety. Children are known for darting in and out of traffic, but adults sometimes do this as well. Imagine how little time a driver has to react to a person who shoots out into traffic from behind a parked car or a building. Not much time at all. Additionally, it is important to pay attention to and use the appropriate crosswalks.
Sometimes, accidents will still happen. You should know what to do if you are involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident. Very important steps to follow are:
• Get contact information for witnesses.
• Take photos of the scene of the accident.
• Call for help and wait until they arrive.
• Seek medical treatment if necessary.
Contacting an Atlanta injury attorney will help you in the event that there are issues with negligence, fault, insurance, etc.
Ty Wilson is dedicated to educating those who have been injured and their families. He has several FREE books and reports that are available by calling 1-866-937-5454.