According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, traffic deaths involving pedestrians increased by 54 percent over the last decade. Countless others, while not fatal, resulted in severe and often permanent injury.
New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that larger vehicles are more likely to strike pedestrians, particularly while turning. According to the study, SUVs, vans, pickup trucks, and minivans may have design aspects that make it difficult to see pedestrians on the road.
In addition to visibility issues, factors that increase the risks of a pedestrian accident include:
- Aggressive driving
Drivers are responsible for driving slowly and paying attention when pedestrians are present. When they fail to do so and an injury follows, action can be taken to seek compensation through legal action.
Keeping Yourself Safe
Drivers are responsible for keeping pedestrians safe, but the burden is not theirs alone. Pedestrians are also responsible for staying safe, which includes:
- Crossing the street at crosswalks
- Staying on sidewalks and other areas designated for pedestrians
- Remaining visible
- Being aware of surroundings
- Obeying traffic signs and signals
Children are the most at risk for pedestrian accidents. Provide instructions and lead by example to help protect them against serious or fatal injury. Smaller children may need adult accompaniment until they understand how to navigate more safely on their own.
Avoiding an accident is the most effective way to prevent injury. Paying attention, following traffic laws, and staying on pedestrian paths can help keep you safe.
When to Reach Out for Help
When you are injured or a loved one dies in a pedestrian accident, discussing your case with an attorney is a good idea. If you live in or around Oklahoma City and would like to discuss your case with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer, call us at 405-232-6490 to schedule a complimentary case review today.
Johnson & Biscone fight for the rights of victims of serious injury living throughout the state of Oklahoma.