Every injury lawyer has seen the deadly effects of distracted driving, especially when it comes to pedestrians.
Every injury lawyer has seen the deadly effects of distracted driving, especially when it comes to pedestrians. Whether people are texting on their phones, changing the stations on their radio, or not paying attention to traffic lights, distracted drivers can act negligently and cause significant injury or even death to those walking in busy environments. Unfortunately, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents today, and injury lawyers are working hard to ensure justice is served where appropriate. That is why staying alert and focused when behind the wheel is so important – our lives depend on it.
Unmarked crosswalks have become an increasingly dangerous hazard for pedestrians. Although they provide the same legal right of way to pedestrians, they often lack the visibility of more highly regulated crossings; drivers may not expect pedestrians to step in front of them suddenly. The danger is even more significant during night hours when visibility is so poor that some drivers may have difficulty seeing pedestrians until it is too late. Cities should consider implementing better lighting near unmarked crosswalks and improving their signage or even introducing speed-calming measures to increase driver awareness near high-risk areas to help prevent these unnecessary accidents. Drivers need to be held accountable for observing the law and yielding to pedestrians at all intersections, regardless of whether or not they are marked. Improving safety measures around unmarked crosswalks can reduce avoidable pedestrian accidents and save lives.
Unfortunately, left turns are one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents. Every year thousands of victims face severe injury or death due to driver negligence while making a left turn. With more people walking and biking on the roads, it is even more critical for drivers to be extra cautious when turning left. When approaching a crosswalk with pedestrians present, drivers should make sure to look twice before turning and always yield the right-of-way. If a situation arises in which quick action is needed, err on the side of caution and stop instead of attempting a dangerous turn. Making an informed decision regarding such situations can help ensure everyone’s safety on the road.
Jaywalking is a problem in many areas, as it can lead to severe accidents between pedestrians and vehicles. Unfortunately, many people think jaywalking is perfectly safe and do not realize the dangers they are at risk when crossing outside of designated crosswalks. Such recklessness can put pedestrians in dangerous situations they might not be able to get out of in enough time to avoid being struck by moving vehicles or bicycles. It is important for pedestrians to cross at designated spots only, such as marked intersections, crosswalks, or other authorized points, to stay aware and safe. Doing so improves safety for everyone on the streets and prevents tragic pedestrian accidents from occurring.
Weather conditions can have a massive impact on pedestrian safety. On days with heavy rain and gusty winds, it is much more challenging to see the road or surroundings, and pedestrians can be at greater risk of accidents. Poor visibility, such as during snowstorms, can also impair a driver’s ability to spot pedestrians. Even on dry roads and bright sunny days, wind and storms can cause surface-level flooding that can quickly become dangerous for walkers. Pedestrians must be extra wary of risk when weather conditions are not ideal to ensure their safety.
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