Pedestrian Safety Tips and What To Do If Injured
Car accidents happen all the time, but the most dangerous type of accidents involve pedestrians. People who get hit while crossing the street or walking on the sidewalk are at significant risk of getting hurt.
In 2018 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that pedestrian accidents in America are rising. In California, in particular, it is more dangerous than ever. There is over a 3% rise in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in 2018, totaling 6,283 deaths — the most deaths since 1990.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Most pedestrian-involved accidents happen at night. The CDC recommends that people walking at night to wear reflective clothing to be more visible to cars on the road. It is also a good idea to carry a flashlight while walking at night. Pedestrians should also use crosswalks or intersections when possible and stick to sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, use the shoulder facing traffic. If you are intoxicated, avoid using electronic devices that can further reduce your awareness.
Pedestrians over the age of 65 make up for about 20% of fatalities and 10% of all injuries. Older pedestrians should take extra caution and care while out for a walk.
Steps to Take After A Pedestrian Accident
Once the accident happens, it is crucial to take the right steps to ensure you are legally protected. Here are a few steps to take to ensure you take the right steps.
1. Safety first!
If you are able to move away from the road and traffic. When you are in a safe area, check for injuries. Do not do anything that will put you or others at risk of injury or cause further damage.
2. Call the police and emergency services.
The police officer can give you a report that will be used to make your case stronger, and they will get you the medical help that you may need.
3. Collect as much information as possible.
The driver’s ID card information, Insurance details, and a phone number. It is also important to get contact information from any witnesses that saw the accident.
4. Take pictures.
Photograph the area and all the damages that are done to you and the car. Pictures don’t lie, and these will come in handy when your attorney is negotiating with the insurance companies.
5. Visit a doctor.
Even if you don’t feel any pain right away, it is crucial to get examined 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.
6. Call an attorney.
Contact a trusted attorney that specializes in pedestrian accident cases. The attorney can advise you to take the right steps to ensure maximum compensation and coverage of medical and property damage.
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