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Pedestrian accidents are just as dangerous, if not more, than accidents involving automobiles. Many drivers and pedestrians ignore crosswalk signs and traffic laws and fail to pay proper attention when driving and crossing the street.

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident or have been hit by a driver, you may be asking yourself, “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?”

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Filing a personal injury lawsuit is time-consuming, highly fact intensive and complex, therefore, it would be wise to consult a personal injury attorney. Thankfully, pedestrian accidents can be avoided by being careful. 

8 Pedestrian Safety Tips

To avoid pedestrian accidents, both drivers and pedestrians need to be more aware. Here are some safety tips both drivers and pedestrian should follow to make crosswalks and roads safer for everyone:

  1. Drivers should be mindful to slow down when driving around pedestrians. It is very difficult to stop a car at a moment’s notice, and the faster a car is moving, the harder it is to stop. It is also very difficult for a pedestrian to move out of the way of a speeding vehicle should the driver lose control.
  2. Drivers should always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, regardless of whether they are clearly marked or not.
  3. Pedestrians should avoid jaywalking and crossing the street at non-designated crosswalk areas.
  4. If walking at night, try and wear reflective gear or bright clothing to increase visibility. Many accidents involving pedestrians occur simply because the driver could not see the pedestrian due to their dark clothing.
  5. Pedestrians should opt to walk or run on a sidewalk or designated path, if possible.
  6. Avoid playing loud music in headphones while walking or running. If a pedestrian is unable to hear the noises in their environment, they may miss an audible cue that they are in danger.
  7. Avoid drinking and driving and public intoxication. Many accidents occur because a driver is too inebriated to operate a vehicle or a pedestrian wanders out into the road due to their inebriated state.
  8. Pedestrians should always look before crossing, regardless of what is displayed on the crosswalk sign.

Pedestrian accidents can be avoided if both drivers and pedestrians exercise caution. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident or has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you need an experienced attorney at your side. Get in touch with our law firm for a free consultation with one of our expert Charlotte personal injury attorneys.

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