Pedestrian Safety and What To Do if Injured
Cars accidents occur every day, but the most dangerous type of accidents involve pedestrians. People who get hit while crossing the street or walking on the sidewalk are at significantly higher risk of getting hurt.
In 2018 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published that pedestrian accidents in America are on the rise. Particularly in California, it is more dangerous than ever. Over a 3% rise in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in 2018 alone. A total of 6,283 deaths — the most deaths since 1990.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
The majority of pedestrian-involved accidents happen at night. The CDC advises that people walking at night wear reflective clothing to be more visible to cars on the road. Carrying a flashlight is also a great way to make yourself more visible while walking at night. Pedestrians should also use crosswalks and intersections when possible and always stick to sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, use the shoulder facing traffic. If you are intoxicated, avoid any distractions such as electronic devices that can reduce your awareness.
Older pedestrians should take extra care and caution while walking outdoors. 20% of fatalities and 10% of all injuries involve pedestrians over the age of 65.
Steps to Take After A Pedestrian Accident
Once the accident occurs, it is vital to take the right steps to guarantee you are legally protected. Here are a few steps to take to ensure you are doing the right thing.
If you are capable of moving away from the road and traffic, do so. When in a safe area, check for injuries. Don’t do anything that will jeopardize your or others’ safety and increase the risk of injury or cause further damage.
Call the police and emergency services.
The police officer will provide you a report that will be used to make your case stronger. They will also get you the medical help that you may need.
Collect as much information as possible.
Collect the driver’s ID card information, Insurance details, and a phone number. It is also important to get contact information from any eyewitnesses that saw the incident. If possible, ask them to send you a text message of their statement.
Take pictures of the area and all the damages that are done to you and the car involved. Pictures don’t lie, and these will be helpful when your attorney is negotiating with the insurance company.
Visit a doctor.
Even if you don’t feel any pain immediately, it is vital to get checked by a medical professional. Due to the increase of adrenaline, most people don’t feel pain right away. Instead, it all kicks in a few days later.
Call an attorney.
Contact a trusted attorney that specializes in bicycle accident cases. The attorney can advise you to take the right steps to secure maximum compensation and coverage of medical and property damage.
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