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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Posted on November 17, 2016 to

Experienced Injury Lawyers Helping Injured Pedestrians in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D. C.

traffic stalled due to an accidentCar/pedestrian accidents are dangerous for both the pedestrian and the vehicle occupants. These accidents can cause serious injuries to all parties involved, including:

Some pedestrian accidents are the fault of the driver, while others are the fault of the pedestrian. The Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. have experience handling both sides of these car accident cases and represent pedestrians and vehicle occupants alike.

Pedestrian Accidents Can Be Deadly

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, in 2009:

  • Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 4,092 pedestrians in the U.S.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for about 12 percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for more than 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in Washington, D.C.
  • Washington, D.C. and Maryland both had pedestrian fatality rates in excess of 2.0, higher than the national average of 1.35 (per 100,000 people)

The total death toll for car-pedestrian accidents in 2009 was around 5,300 people, which includes vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians. On a positive note, between 2005 and 2009 pedestrian fatalities declined by an average of 200 deaths per year.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

Pedestrians are at greater risk of being struck by a vehicle when they cannot see or hear traffic. Some tips to stay safe include:

  • Do not listen to headphones or talk on a cell phone while walking near a roadway
  • Use available sidewalks
  • If there is no sidewalk, stay as far away from traffic as possible
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic
  • Use crosswalks and obey traffic signals — do not jaywalk
  • Wear bright clothing or reflective materials
  • Always look both ways before crossing a street
  • Listen for engine noises and look for reverse lights when walking behind parked cars

The more alert you are as a pedestrian, the less likely you are to be involved in an accident.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Drivers should also do their part to help prevent pedestrian accidents. They should:

  • Check the inside lane before turning
  • Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting, talking on a cell phone, applying makeup, or eating
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Avoid blocking crosswalks
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs — it can impair your judgment and cause blurred vision
  • Check carefully for pedestrians before backing up
  • Be especially cautious when driving near playing children or older pedestrians

Injured as a Pedestrian? Contact a Washington DC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today!

If you sustained injuries during a car-pedestrian accident — whether you were inside or outside of the vehicle — the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. injury lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. can evaluate your case and determine whether you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.