At some point we all are pedestrians. People in Glen Burnie may walk to work, school, parks or stores, especially once the winter weather leaves and spring arrives. However, even if you are simply crossing the street or are in a parking lot you are a pedestrian and run the risk of being hit by a car.
The statistics on pedestrian accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 6,283 pedestrians lost their lives in car accidents. This is the highest number of fatalities since 1990. In 2017, on average every 88 minutes a pedestrian died after being involved in a traffic crash. As this shows, fatal pedestrian accidents across the nation are all-too-common.
What drivers can do to keep pedestrians safe
All motorists have a legal duty to exercise due care when operating their vehicles. This includes avoiding striking a pedestrian. Motorists should always be on the lookout for pedestrians in their vicinity, day or night. It is especially important for motorist to be cautious when visibility is bad, such as during the night or when it is foggy, rainy or snowy.
When approaching a crosswalk, motorists should reduce their speed and should be prepared to come to a stop behind the crosswalk before proceeding. Motorists should also yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. It is advisable not to pass other drivers who are stopped at a crosswalk as you may not be able to see a pedestrian who is using the crosswalk.
Drunk driving and speeding should always be avoided. Motorists may need to slow down in school zones and places where children are present. Finally, motorists should look behind them when reversing to ensure there are no pedestrians in the way.
Learn more about pedestrian accidents
Unfortunately, many motorists will not heed these safety tips and will cause a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries or even fatalities. Our firm’s website has more information on pedestrian accidents for those who want to learn more about their rights and options.