The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about their efforts to improve pedestrian safety across the U.S. Sadly, the number of pedestrians being killed on U.S. roadways continues to increase. Initial data estimates show that pedestrian fatalities increased by four percent over the past year. According to the NHTSA, on average, a pedestrian died every 88 minutes in 2017, and pedestrian deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. Furthermore, over the past decade, there’s been an increase in pedestrian fatalities. Deaths increased by 35 percent from 2008 to 2017.
Distractions are Dangerous for Everybody
Distractions are dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike. Don’t think that just because you’re not driving that it’s safe to be distracted. Pedestrians especially are being encouraged to avoid distractions while they walk. Unfortunately, pedestrians need to have all of their attention and senses focused on the task of safely getting from point A to point B. Headphones, texting and cell phones calls can be distracting for pedestrians, especially in crosswalks or traffic-heavy areas.
NHTSA’s Safety Tips for Pedestrians
• Walk on a sidewalk or path, when available. If no path is available, walk facing traffic and as far from cars as possible.
• Never assume drivers see you. They could be distracted or impaired. Make eye contact to make sure you’re being seen.
• Always cross streets at marked crosswalks and intersections.
• Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or a flashlight at night.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Diego
At the end of the day, pedestrians are truly at the mercy of drivers on the roadway. It doesn’t matter how safe of a pedestrian you are if drivers are going to continue to engage in dangerous behaviors like texting behind the wheel and distracted driving. After any kind of accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.