As a pedestrian, you can never lose sight of the fact that some drivers don't pay attention to what's happening around them.
Consequently, there is always the possibility of being in a vehicle-pedestrian accident. Due to the fact that pedestrians don't have much (if any) protection, the end result can be serious injury or even death.
Knowing the potential causes of a pedestrian accident can help you prevent trouble. Here are some actions that can cause or contribute to collisions between motorists and pedestrians:
- Distracted driving, such as when a driver is texting or adjusting the radio
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- All forms of reckless driving, including speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians
- Drowsy driving, such as when a person has driven for too many consecutive hours
- Disregarding weather and/or traffic conditions
Knowledge of these potential causes can help keep you safer, but remember that you don't have any control over drivers.
What you can do, however, is follow these safety tips:
- Never dart into traffic
- Never cross the street when the signal says "don't walk"
- Do your best to cross the street only at marked crosswalks
- Before crossing a street, look in all directions
It's not always convenient to follow these safety tips, but remembering to follow these precautions can go a long way in keeping you safe.
What to do after an accident
You do your best to avoid a pedestrian accident, but that doesn't guarantee your safety. If you find yourself knocked to the ground by a motor vehicle, stay where you are and call for help. You may need to ask a witness to call 911 on your behalf if you are too injured to do so or don't have access to a phone.
At this point, your goal is to learn more about your injuries and the type of treatment strategy that can help you make a recovery.
Once you know where things stand medically, you can then decide how to proceed if you want to file a claim for damages. If the driver of the vehicle was clearly negligent, there may be steps you can take to hold the person responsible for their actions. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal options.