Staying Safe as a Pedestrian
With rising gas prices and increased health consciousness throughout the country, more and more pedestrians occupy the streets each year. However, a pleasant nighttime stroll or trip to the store can turn deadly when drivers behave recklessly near a pedestrian or simply do not see a walker. In a collision between a moving vehicle and a pedestrian, the latter can sustain serious or fatal injuries, even at low speeds.
Luckily for pedestrians, in accidents of this type, the driver is almost always considered legally at fault. If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills and other losses. The first step you should take is to contact a knowledgeable San Diego accident lawyer at Ritter & Associates today by calling (619) 296-0123 to discuss your case.
Preventing Accidents as a Pedestrian
Though, as a pedestrian, you cannot control drivers around you, you can take certain steps to maximize visibility, therefore minimizing the risk of an accident. Some of these precautions include:
- Sticking to designated pedestrian areas, such as a sidewalk or path
- Avoiding walking when it is dark outside, especially in poorly lit areas
- Not jay-walking; only crossing the street a crosswalks
- Wearing reflective or bright clothing, or even something with a flashing light
It is also important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Although you may want to listen to music while you walk or jog, it is safer for you to be able to hear nearby traffic.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen, even if a pedestrian takes precautions. If a reckless driver has injured you or someone you love, call a San Diego accident attorney with Ritter & Associates at (619) 296-0123 to learn more about your rights today.