People are at their most defenseless around vehicles when they are on foot. Navigating packed crosswalks and trying to make their way across active streets and occupied intersections without incident is almost an art form. Based on a report that was published by the Governer’s Highway Safety Association, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. The statistics for car accident-related pedestrian deaths in 2016 mirror these almost exactly.
The majority of our country’s urban areas are taking measures to increase the safety of those on foot by building features such as walking paths and adding better lighting where it is needed but there are a lot of other circumstances that seem to be constantly working against the safety of pedestrians, like parking garages, parking lots, narrow sidewalks, blind intersections, and overly congested streets.
Colorado still has a lot to accomplish in terms of shaving down the number of car accident-related pedestrian fatalities that take place every year. While state legislators are hard at work solving that issue, there are many actions that pedestrians and motorists can actively participate in that will go a long way towards making sure that everyone is as safe as possible.
If you are a pedestrian who has recently been injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, it is in your best interest to get in touch with a Colorado personal injury attorney just as soon as you are able to do so.
In the meantime, here are some suggestions for increasing pedestrian safety in Colorado.
In order to stay safe while out walking, pedestrians should ensure that they are very noticeable to drivers. For safety’s sake, pedestrians can make small adjustments to their clothing, especially while walking at night, which will serve to increase their visibility to passing divers. For example, a pedestrian might wear vividly colored clothes or perhaps clothing that was made with reflective pieces sewn into the fabric. The bright colors and/or the reflective material will ensure that any pedestrian stands out. Either of these safety precautions will alert drivers of the pedestrian’s vicinity when it is dark. Pedestrians might also want to carry a flashlight with them if they intend to go jogging or walking after sunset. A flashlight will help to illuminate a pedestrian’s walkway and it will also signal to passing motorists that a pedestrian is close by the side of the road.
The smartest safety precaution for any pedestrian to take is, of course, to simply follow the rules of the road. Only cross streets within marked crosswalks or at intersections. These assigned areas are specifically designed for pedestrians who need to cross the street. They typically have signage that notifies passing drivers that pedestrians may be trying to cross the street and they are often well-lit at night, providing extra security. It is also essential that when you are attempting to cross at an intersection, you wait from and cross at the corners. Never wait for the traffic signal to change while standing in between parked cars. This makes you practically undetectable to any driver coming down the street.
In addition to practicing safety precautions that enhance their visibility, pedestrians can benefit from avoiding some unsafe practices. For example, pedestrians need to stay on the sidewalk. That is why sidewalks exist and they are far more protected than walking off to the side in a lane intended for motor vehicles. Of course, not every neighborhood has sidewalks, so some pedestrians might have no alternative to walking on the shoulder or in the street. If these circumstances apply to you, remember it is the safest to walk against the stream of traffic. Facing the oncoming cars allows motorists to notice you quickly and also increases your odds of seeing an oncoming problem and having enough time to react.
A very common but very dangerous behavior that pedestrians need to be aware of is wearing headphones or earbuds of any sort while they are walking. Wearing headphones can potentially be extremely risky because they stop pedestrians from being completely aware of what is going on around them.
If you have been injured in a car accident as a pedestrian while following the rules of the road, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney regarding your case. The smartest move you can make is to speak to Colorado attorneys who have dealt with these matters before.
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of another person’s distracted driving or other negligent behavior, then you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for damages. You need a reputable personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these kinds of cases.
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