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Monday, July 25, 2016

Helpful Tips for Pedestrian Safety

Whether it’s for health or environmental reasons, pleasure or necessity, many people are outside walking these days.  In fact, according to the US Census Bureau, about 4 million Americans report walking to work within the past week.  On the other hand, many Americans are driving because the economy is improving and gas prices are low.  These are among the factors contributing to a dramatic increase in pedestrian fatalities resulting from car accidents. 

The Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) announced in a press release that the “alarming” increase is one of the largest year-to-year increases since national records of this type have been kept, and identifies pedestrian safety as a growing national problem. 

Here are some helpful tips on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from personal injury resulting from car accidents when out walking:

  • Walking is great for mental and physical health, but if possible, limit your outdoor walking to daylight hours.  Over 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred after dark.  If walking at night, consider wearing light colors, reflective clothing and/or carrying a flashlight. 

  • 40 percent of car trips are less than two miles in length, which means drivers may not be as vigilant as they should be making short trips on familiar territory.  Don’t assume that your neighbors are driving carefully as they should be through the neighborhood!

  • Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injury when struck by a vehicle. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. 

  • Keep in mind that the majority of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersection locations. 

  • If possible, plan your route along sidewalks and cross walks, and if walking at night, along well-lit streets.

According to the research released by the GHSA, public education campaigns, such as the campaign urging motorists to “Share the Road” with pedestrians and bicyclists, have not been very successful at reducing accidents.  However, there are efforts underway to encourage drivers to yield to pedestrians.    There is no doubt that distracted driving is a contributing factor, as drivers divert attention from the road to focus on technology or other matters.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and need help with your claim, call today for a free consultation with experienced personal injury attorney Marc Avidano today at mavidano@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

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