An estimated 12 pedestrians die every day after being struck by a car, and countless more are injured. Don’t take chances: Follow these five simple tips to stay safe and avoid pedestrian accidents in Dallas, GA.
1) Walk on the Sidewalk or Facing Traffic
Sidewalks are designed for pedestrian use. Unless you have a reason to stay off the sidewalk (such as the sidewalk being slippery or otherwise impassible), walk on the sidewalk instead of the street.
If you must walk on the street, walk on the left side, facing oncoming traffic. This way, you’re more likely to see cars as they approach, so you can step aside.
2) Obey Crosswalks and Signals
Like sidewalks, these are here for your safety. Drivers know to expect pedestrians at a crosswalk; they’ll be surprised if you walk into the street anywhere else. If an intersection has a pedestrian signal, cross with it. Otherwise, cross with the light, and check for turning cars.
3) Stay Sober
If you’re not sober enough to drive, you may not be sober enough to walk. Many pedestrians are struck because substances diminish their ability to perceive distance or danger or affect their inhibitions. If you’re out drinking, bring your phone with you, and have a cab company’s number handy so you can get home safely.
4) Wear Bright or Reflective Clothing
Drivers have trouble seeing pedestrians if they’re wearing dark clothing, especially at night. Wear something white or brightly colored when you’re out walking late at night, or — better yet — wear something reflective or blinking. You may also want to bring a flashlight with you, both to avoid hazards and to give drivers an extra indication of your presence.
5) Never Assume Traffic Will Stop
While cars should stop at stop signs, red lights, and crosswalks, that doesn’t mean they will. Even if you legally have the right to cross, that doesn’t assure you that drivers have seen you, and it won’t save you if you get struck by a car. Before you enter the street, wait to see traffic slow or stop.
If you’re hit by a car, get out of the street immediately. Call the cops, take photos, keep the driver there and get their contact information. Get medical care as soon as you can, even if you feel fine.
Once you’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to file insurance claims. But don’t do that without a lawyer at your side.
Lonati Law Firm is a compassionate, ethical law firm that will help you get the damages you need to pay medical bills and make up for lost work time. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney.