Walking is a great way to go from place to place. In most cases, it’s good for the body and the environment, as it is a means of exercise and doesn’t require anything more than your own two legs.
Unfortunately, walking has become more dangerous throughout the last decade as pedestrian fatalities have increased considerably. In a study, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found a 55% increase in pedestrian deaths in the United States between 2009 and 2018.
There isn’t a single factor that leads to this growing problem, but several causes have pushed our country to this point. A few components of this increase are:
When it comes to a pedestrian accident, the pedestrian is the vulnerable party and is more exposed to serious injury than the driver or passengers of a vehicle. However, a few rules can help keep you safer when using a crosswalk or roadways.
Crosswalks are one of the biggest points of contention when addressing pedestrian accidents, as they are the designated safe paths for individuals to cross the road. Here are three things you need to know about crosswalks in Missouri:
Even though it may take more time, crossing the roadway between adjacent intersections can cause a driver not to have enough time to hit the brakes. It’s best to use available walking paths as a safe zone to avoid a collision. Don’t step off of a curb or safe zone as a car approaches.
When a walkway or sidewalk isn’t available, you should stick to the shoulder of the lane facing traffic. Walking in this direction allows you to see oncoming traffic, avoid swerves and keep from wandering into the road.
If you’re at the wheel, you’re responsible for showing the highest degree of care to prevent a potential pedestrian accident. The best way to protect pedestrian lives is to drive defensively and never drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It’s your duty of care to follow traffic laws and to be ready for a potential pedestrian crossing.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, you’ve probably had to endure extreme physical, emotional, psychological and financial pain. You deserve justice, and you shouldn’t have to carry these financial burdens alone. Drivers must be held responsible for their actions.
The experienced law team at Eng and Woods can help you get the compensation you need to fully recover from your injuries and cover expenses while you’re unable to work. We’re a team
that’s dedicated to protecting those who can’t protect themselves from negligent parties and predatory insurance companies.
Visit our contact page or start a chat to tell us about your accident. From there, we can set up a consultation to walk through your pedestrian accident case and how to get maximum compensation for your injury.