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Pedestrian Safety While Walking Near Roadways

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Personal Injury on Thursday, November 8, 2018

 

Practicing pedestrian safety is always important. However, it is particularly crucial when you do not have the option of walking on sidewalks and have to walk near roadways. The next time you find yourself walking near the street, be sure to practice the pedestrian safety tips listed below. Doing so can help you avoid getting involved in an accident.

If you sustained injuries in an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer at Randall & Stump, PLLC to learn more about your legal rights and options moving forward. To schedule a free consultation of your case, call us today at (980) 237-4579, or reach out through our online contact form.

Top Pedestrian Safety Tips

To keep yourself safe and reduce your risk of injury while walking near roadways, follow these safety tips:

If you’re traveling with others, make sure to walk in a single-file line.
Walking in a single-file line is especially vital if you are on a road with many curves and/or plenty of traffic. While it may be more enjoyable to walk down the road next to a few people so you can have a conversation, doing so poses a significant safety risk.

Be visible.

It is your responsibility to remain visible to motorists while you are walking near streets during the day and at night. Be sure to wear bright colors during the day and reflective clothing or a reflective vest at night. It’s important to make it as easy as possible for motorists to see you.

Don’t get distracted.

Distracted walking is just as dangerous as distracted driving. While you are walking near roadways, avoid texting, playing games on your phone, brushing your hair, listening to music, or engaging in any other activity that takes your eyes and attention off the road(s) around you.

Don’t travel while you’re drunk.

Walking while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to serious accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Rather than walking home after a night of drinking or drugs, ask someone you can trust to drive you home or opt for ordering an Uber.

Make sure to face oncoming traffic while you’re walking.

If you are walking on the side of the road, select the left side or the side where you are facing oncoming traffic. This way, you’ll be able to see traffic that’s approaching closest to you and take immediate action when necessary.

Don’t assume motorists see you.

While you are walking near the street, assume that drivers can’t see you. You can’t expect that all motorists are paying attention and can see you. It’s wise to make eye contact with them to make sure that you are visible to them.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

If you are walking near the road and get hit by a driver, you’ll likely be overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. Following these steps can protect your rights and health.

  • Call the police – If you are safely able to, call the police so that a report can be filed.
  • Visit the doctor – Pedestrian accidents tend to cause more serious injuries, making it imperative that you seek medical attention right away.
  • Collect information from the driver – Ask the driver who struck you for their name, phone number, and insurance details.
  • Inform your insurance company – Call your insurance company and let them know that a driver has hit you.
  • Reach out to a pedestrian accident lawyer – To determine liability and increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve, contact a pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Hurt in a Pedestrian Accident? Call Us Today for Help

If you’ve been hurt while walking near Charlotte roadways, call a skilled attorney from Randall & Stump, PLLC to learn more about your options moving forward. We have years of experience assisting those who have incurred injuries in North Carolina pedestrian accidents, and we are here to ensure your rights remain protected. To schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case, contact us today at (980) 237-4579.