Steps pedestrians can use to stay safer

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians often think that they’re safe simply because they’re walking. Even though this is largely true, they must still take steps to ensure they remain safe. 

Motorists who are driving near pedestrians also need to do what they can to keep them safe. In fact, there are many situations in which the pedestrian has the legal right of way, so motorists must respect those. 

Be careful at night

Around three-quarters of pedestrian fatalities occur at night. Pedestrians can help minimize the risk of this happening by wearing reflective clothing or lights that make it easier for drivers to see them. 

Avoid distractions

Drivers must ensure that they remain fully focused on driving, regardless of what time it is. Pedestrians must do the same. While it might seem safe for you to use a phone while you walk, doing so could lead to you being involved in a crash or other incident. 

Know where to cross the road

You should only cross the road at intersections or via crosswalks. Even if a pedestrian has the right of way, which is usually the case in those areas, they should be sure that they don’t dart out in front of a vehicle. Motorists should always check the curb at intersections and near crosswalks to see if anyone is crossing.

Pedestrians who are struck by a vehicle should ensure they get medical care. Some injuries might not be evident right away, so a medical examination is critical. The medical care and related expenses may be costly. Seeking compensation may help you to recover the financial damages you’re dealing with because of your injuries. Texas law only allows you a short time to get your case filed, so be sure to get this taken care of quickly.