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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

It’s great to get out on foot, grab some exercise, and enjoy the day a bit. Most of us are pedestrians at some point during any given day (even if it’s just a jaunt from the parking garage to a nearby building). Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are about as dangerous as traffic accidents get – due to the fact that pedestrians have nothing to shield them from the impact of an accident and lack the speed and power to get out of harm’s way if the need arises. If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, reach out to an experienced Ohio pedestrian accident attorney today. 

Putting Safety First

Because you are so vulnerable when you’re on foot, it’s critical that you put safety first. All the following can help: 

  • Always follow the pedestrian rules of safety, which includes obeying all pedestrian signs, lights, and signals
  • Cross at crosswalks that have pedestrian signals whenever possible
  • Cross the street as part of a group whenever possible
  • Always look both ways before crossing (it was the safe thing to do when you were a kid, and it’s the safe thing to do now)
  • Wear a piece of reflective clothing if you must walk at night (pedestrian accidents are more common after dark)
  • Wear comfortable and well-fitting walking shoes that are in good condition
  • If you don’t trust a driver to stop, ignore what the signal tells you and wait before proceeding
  • Put your phone and headphones away (walking while distracted is dangerous)

 

Putting your own safety first is never more important than when you are on foot.

Pedestrian Accidents and Motorist Negligence

The bulk of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence, including all the following forms:

  • Distraction – A motorist who is distracted by his or her phone can easily miss a pedestrian in his or her midst. Pedestrians are often harmed by distracted drivers. 
  • Impairment – Drunk drivers suffer cognitive, sensory, and physical impairments that make them less likely to see pedestrians and less likely to react safely in accordance.
  • Excess Speed – When a motorist drives faster than the law (or the road’s condition) allows, they make our roads more dangerous for pedestrians in two distinct ways – these drivers have less time to react safely to pedestrians in their midst, and they ensure any pedestrian accidents that do happen are more likely to be fatal.
  • Exhaustion – Drowsy drivers suffer cognitive impairments that leave them less capable of reacting safely to the pedestrians they encounter on the road.  
  • Aggression – When a motorist chooses to drive aggressively, he or she throws safety out the window, and pedestrians can pay the deadly price. 

Turn to an Experienced Ohio Pedestrian Accident Attorney for the Professional Legal Counsel You Need

If a pedestrian accident that was caused by a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured, the skilled pedestrian accident attorneys at The VanNoy Firm in Dayton take immense pride in helping clients like you recover fully on their physical, financial, and emotional losses. Because we’re here for you, too, please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.

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