According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, California has the highest number of pedestrian traffic fatalities in the country. In 2010, the California Highway Patrol reported more than 12,000 individuals either injured or killed as a result of automobile-versus-pedestrian accidents.
Whether you are walking on the sidewalk or crossing a parking lot, you should make safety a priority. Here are some tips to ensure your safety the next time you are crossing in front of traffic:
- Pay attention to your surroundings. While it may be tempting to text or talk on your cell phone, or to listen to music, these actions can distract your attention from the traffic moving around you. Failure to be aware of your surroundings can be extremely dangerous.
- Never assume that a driver sees you. Making eye contact with drivers before you cross in front of their vehicles is always a good precaution.
- If you plan to go for a walk, wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Follow traffic rules. Drivers are more likely to be alert for pedestrians crossing at crosswalks or intersections. Also, obey traffic signs and signals.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.
No one wants to get into an accident, but unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you have been injured in a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident, contact an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney who can review your case and assist you in filing a personal injury claim.