Five tips to avoid pedestrian accidents

Due to the amount of drunk and distracted drivers that plague our streets, it is rather dangerous at times to be a pedestrian. Even when correctly following street signs and the rules of the road, pedestrians can still be hit by a negligent driver, or injured by falling debris. In my years of experience as a Seattle pedestrian accident attorney, I have seen how the busy and sometimes confusing streets of Seattle and Bellevue have led to a number of devastating collisions with pedestrians. Due to the fact that pedestrians have virtually no protection from the force of a car or truck, a sizable portion of these accidents lead to a fatality. While many of these accidents cannot be prevented by the pedestrian, there are many things people can do to lower their risk of being hit while walking down the street.

One of the most important things someone can do to make themselves safer as a pedestrian is by knowing the statistics of Washington pedestrian accidents. In 2009, in the state of Washington, there were 1,786 pedestrian accidents. Of these collisions, 287, or one in every six, resulted in a serious injury. Even worse, 61 resulted in a pedestrian fatality. There are a number of factors that go into these collisions, including the location of the road, the age of the pedestrian, and the location on the road itself. City streets have a much greater potential to see a pedestrian accident, and the majority of them happen in the intersection. Age is also a very important factor, with one in every three accidents involving a pedestrian between the ages of ten and 24.

Five tips to avoid being hit while walking

  1. Obey all traffic signs and signals. Be aware of the rules pertaining to the street you are on.
  2. Look both ways when crossing the street. I’m sure your parents told you this a million times, but accidents tend to happen in intersections, which may be avoided by looking both ways.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings. Some pedestrian injuries don’t involve a car at all. Sometimes a sidewalk or street can be poorly built and cause a pedestrian to trip and become injured as a result.
  4. Don’t assume that drivers are paying attention. There are a lot of distracted and negligent drivers out there, and they may not see you when you cross the street. If there is an oncoming vehicle when you cross the street, make sure you know they see you and are slowing down.
  5. Avoid construction site areas. There have been many instances of pedestrians suffering construction site injuries due to falling debris. If there is another way to get to your destination, avoid walking through the construction zone.

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