Cases where there are pedestrians involved are always hard to see. Distracted driving is a real threat to the nation’s pedestrians, and we’d really like to see rates of this kind of violence decrease, but it takes care and caution.
Hollywood, FL (PRWEB) May 17, 2017
April has been a month with rising pedestrian traffic accidents, a trend which will likely continue into summer as more people get outside. The rise of distracted driving as well as distracted walking is likely the cause, and Attorney Big Al from 1-800-HURT-123 is concerned by these rising rates. He urges motorists to use caution when driving.
Auto pedestrian accidents have increased across the country and are actually climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year. The number of pedestrian fatalities on U.S. roadways last year rose around 11 percent compared to 2015, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association
Big Al commented, “As a crash litigation specialist, I work on a lot of vehicle crashes. Cases where there are pedestrians involved are always hard to see. Distracted driving is a real threat to the nation’s pedestrians, and we’d really like to see rates of this kind of violence decrease, but it takes care and caution.”
If you’re a pedestrian, it’s important to follow some basic safety guidelines to help you stay safe walking near cars.
First off, make sure you’re visible. If you’re walking at night, don't wear all black. Adding in something with reflective material on it, such as walking shoes or a jacket with reflecting tape on it can really improve your visibility. You can buy reflective tape and add a few discrete patches to the front and back of your coats to help with this.
Additionally, follow all posted traffic laws. J-walking can be tempting, but saving a minute waiting for the crosswalk to change isn’t worth losing your life to a car who’s not expecting to see a pedestrian in the road. Always use the crosswalk, and be extra sure to check both ways before you walk.
Drivers must be continually aware of pedestrians and drive slowly and cautiously on the roads for this trend to decrease and for our nation’s pedestrians to walk freely on the streets.