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Pedestrian Accidents Resulting In Injury Claims and How to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
You hear about accidents involving cars and pedestrians on the news every day. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationsays, there are approximately 17250 car crashes each day in the United States, with an unfortunate percentage of these accidents involving pedestrians.
Our Jacksonville office is located in Onslow County, North Carolina. According to an article posted on January 13, 2019 on the Jacksonville Daily Newswebsite (JDnews.com), motorcycles and pedestrians make up half of Onslow County’s fatal crashes. Our team of personal injury lawyers and legal assistants at Kellum Law Firm’s Jacksonville office have been helping pedestrian accident victims, and the spouses and surviving family members of those involved in fatal crashes, for many years.
It is always emotionally difficult when we hear about a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Clearly pedestrians don’t have the same physical protection that the drivers of cars do, thus their injuries from even relatively minor accidents can be quite severe. So how can these accidents be avoided in the first place?
What You Can Do As A Pedestrian:
Cross the street at a designated crosswalk. In North Carolina, pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections. Even small towns have crosswalks. Bigger towns and cities have traffic lights at major intersections plus many have Walk/ Don’t Walk indicators.
If you are walking or jogging at night, wear some type of reflective clothing or carry a flashlight. Do something/anything to make sure you are visible to motorists especially if you have to walk in the roadway. If you are out walking your dog, make sure it has a reflective collar or some sort of blinking device too.
Some serious pedestrian accidents happen after you have pulled over to the side of the road and gotten out of your vehicle. If you need to pull your vehicle to the side of the road for any reason, make sure you pull it off the road as far as you can. If you are waiting for a tow truck or police officer don’t stand near the road. Traffic speeding down the highway is not always paying attention to what is on the shoulder. Stand as far from the road as possible.
Make sure a driver sees you. Even if you are in a designated crosswalk, a driver may be distracted by something and not see you. Try to make eye contact with the driver so you know he sees you and is going to stop.
What Drivers Can Do
This is stating the obvious, but don’t drive after consuming ANY amount of alcohol. Even one drink slows your reaction time down, you don’t want to be the driver that hits the child chasing his ball into the road.
If the driver in front of you stops, don’t pass him/her without first coming to a stop behind them and adequately surveying the road ahead. You may assume that they are stopped because of an impending turn or that there may be a hazard in front of him/her that you cannot see, such as a pedestrian crossing in front of their vehicle. Always use extreme caution before passing a stopped vehicle.
Slow down in pedestrian areas. Pedestrians can be distracted too. They may be looking at their phone, or just in a hurry to get somewhere and may not be paying attention. So, if you are driving in an area where you can see pedestrians on the sidewalk, or perhaps adjacent a park, or a school, slow down and be on the lookout. And remember to follow the speed limits carefully, particularly around schools where the posted signs indicate lowered speed requirements during school times.
Be patient with older people and people with disabilities. Everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere. It can be frustrating when you are at a traffic light that has turned green and there is an older person still crossing the street, but just take a deep breath and pretend it is your grandmother.
If you are a pedestrian that was injured by a vehicle or suffered a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident on the sidewalk, the lawyers at Kellum Law Firm’s Jacksonville office can help. When injured, you may have bills mounting for medical care expenses and your situation may be worsened by an inability to work. Kellum Law Firm has attorneys that are experienced in dealing with pedestrian accidents and all manner of personal injury – contact us today.
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OUR ADVICE TO YOU:
It’s often the case that the outcome of an accident or injury claim can hinge on the smallest of details. While it may seem appealing to try to handle a case on your own, it’s rare that acting independently of a lawyer will yield the best results for the plaintiff. Therefore, whilst we encourage you to read the useful articles at our website, we strongly recommend that you seek sound legal advice before attempting to deal with any type of accident or injury claim on your own.