Obtaining a driver’s license comes with the responsibility to respect and consider passengers, fellow drivers and pedestrians alike. Pedestrians often assume the right-of-way in all situations, however, they have responsibilities as well. The location in which pedestrians walk on the road, what time of day and clothing they are wearing all play a part in visibility and safety.
Just as with cycling, pedestrians walking at night should be wearing bright, reflective clothing. They should also consider carrying a flightlight. This helps drivers to notice pedestrians and stay alert about their whereabouts.
Pedestrians should always try and cross the street at a crosswalk. At night especially, walkers should try and cross streets in well-lit areas. When crossing, it is best if pedestrians are visible even prior to crossing. This means not standing behind bushes, bus stops, fences, signage or anything that could obstruct a driver’s view of the pedestrian. Refrain from using headphones when crossing streets, and never assume that vehicles will stop for you.
Where to Walk
Whenever a sidewalk is available, walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the street that faces oncoming traffic. Stay alert to your surroundings. Listen for reverse lights on large trucks, check around corners before walking or crossing and again, never assume a vehicles sees you or will stop.
Next time you are walking to work, school, to the store or even just across the street, be sure to stay alert. Check your surroundings, listen for vehicles and make yourself as visible as possible. Do your part in trying to prevent an accident by practicing safe walking.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident – whether it involved a bicycle, automobile or motorcycle – be sure to seek legal guidance. Distracted drivers and negligent motorists need to be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one was injured or killed while exercising your right to be a pedestrian, call for a free consultation on how to proceed with your case. Braddock Law has 20 years of experience and will be able to offer you and your family the best possible representation.
Contact Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Hattiesburg
Mr. Braddock works closely with a team of experts ranging from investigators to physicians to build the strongest cases possible against those responsible for catastrophic pedestrian accidents. If you or a member of your family has been involved in such an accident, we urge you to contact our pedestrian accident lawyer, serving Vicksburg and regions throughout Mississippi. Talmadge Braddock can provide you with the legal guidance you need and fight for the compensation you deserve.
- In the U.S., unintentional pedestrian related injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths.
- In 2012, there were 4,373 pedestrian fatalities.
- There is an 85% chance of death for persons hit by a car going 40 MPH.
- There is a 45% chance of death for persons hit by a car going 30 MPH.
- There is a 5% chance of death for persons hit by a car going 20 MPH.
- Between 2005 – 2010, injuries involving distracted walkers using their cell phone has more than doubled.
- A research report conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide found that 1 in 8 middle school students crossing the street is distracted.