Pedestrian Accident -
A pedestrian accident happens when a motor vehicle of any sort comes into contact with a person. Contrary to common belief, these kinds of accidents are extremely common and can affect anyone who crosses the street. When they happen, it is usually at an intersection and it is usually the driver's fault. And the injuries that arise can be devistatingly catastrophic.It is therefore extremely important to understand the risks associated with being struck and learn good avoidance techniques. Otherwise, to walk the streets in a careless manner could end up making the biggest mistake of your life. Do not be caught without understanding the risks and avoidance techniques that may ultimately save your life. Continue reading!
Risks Associated With Foot Travel
Traveling on foot is the oldest form of transportation. Even in today's world of trains, planes and automobiles, walking remains the most utilized form of transport on earth. Those who do utilize cars still need to walk the sidewalks and cross streets to reach their final destinations. Naturally, encountering the world on foot comes with certain risks. A nationwide 2006 statistical study found that more than sixty thousand pedestrians were victims of being struck in traffic by cars. Because you will inevitably find yourself facing traffic on foot, it is important to understand the risks associated with doing so.
Severity of Pedestrian Versus Vehicle Collisions
Cars have the potential to cause major damage and even death. When a heavy vehicle hits someone, the bodily harm is usually severe and often catastrophic. This is because automobiles weigh a ton and travel at high velocities when compared with natural human transport. In addition, the walker has no protective barriers around them to shield their body from the blow. When the two meet, things probably won't go so well.
Upon impact at 30 MPN, the likely result is broken bones, traumatic brain injury and/or internal bleeding. Such horrific injuries require the need for ambulance, hospitalization and potentially lifetime medical care and financial aid. In some instances, internal trauma can lead to slow or sudden death. Even when the vehicle is moving at a lower rate of velocity such as 10 MPH, significant bodily harm can be inflicted. Although less likely in slower impact scenarios, internal bleeding and broken bones are still prevalent among victims.
Common Locations Where Cars Hit People
Intersections. The most common location for these types of collisions to occur is at intersections. Intersections may be overall one of the most dangerous places one can traverse, whether by car or by walking. Many serious car accidents occur at intersections in t-bone collisions where one driver runs a red light. When someone runs through a red, those crossing the intersection are liable to be hit. Even less uncommon is an accident where a driver swings a right hand turn on a green and strikes a person stepping in to the roadway to cross. In these scenarios, the driver failed to yield the right of way.
Sidewalks. Almost as dangerous as the intersection is the sidewalk. While many believe it is perfectly safe to travel along sidewalks, it most certainly is not. Cars can lose control and come up on to sidewalks at high rates of speed and with huge force. People can therefore unexpectedly get hit while walking along busy avenues and boulevards. A significant number of people pass away each year by being struck by automobiles while on sidewalks.
Avoidance Techniques for Pedestrian Accidents
Many times these incidents of are so unavoidable that even the best safety precautions do not work. In most circumstances, however, implementing certain techniques can safeguard your health and life from being struck by a motorist. With the risks associated with foot travel in mind, consider the following tips to avoid being hit in traffic.
- Survey Your Pathway Ahead. Survey your surroundings before entering any intersection. This means doing more than looking both ways before stepping into the street. Be sure to stop, listen, look around and identify all possible threats. Keep an eye out of speeders coming from afar, or people who could suddenly change their minds and change direction into your pathway. Only proceed to cross the street once you decide that the intersection will be clear. If it is not, always wait until you determine that it is safe.
- Avoid Heavy Traffic Roadways. Stay away from walking on wide roadways that support heavy traffic. The more automobiles traveling on a road, the more possibilities for an accident. Plus, larger roads mean further distances, which lower visibility and awareness of drivers. If you must encounters such a road, be sure to be extra aware of the high speed danger that surrounds you.
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T he Napolin Law Firm has decades of experience representing those injured while walking on the streets of California. We are a local Los Angeles County law firm that you can trust to guide you and prosecute your case to success. Remember, most roadway accidents are the fault of a motorist. The walker generally has the right of way that the vehicle must yield. It is therefore of high importance to consult with a personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been struck by a car. An attorney can advise you of your rights, conduct investigation and represent your interests. If you need advise, call Napolin at (909) 325-6032 and receive a free case consult directly one on one with a licensed personal injury attorney.