How To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents At Night
Banafshe Law Firm PLC July 24, 2018
Walking during any time of the day is risky. However, pedestrians are more likely to be hit at night. Both pedestrians and drivers are more likely to travel while they are drunk at night. Visibility is also reduced at night. Furthermore, drivers are more likely to be drowsy at night.
It is dangerous to walk at night. In fact, it is estimated that 70 percent of pedestrian accidents occur at night. However, there are several ways that you can keep yourself safe.
Many pedestrians are hit because no one can see them. You can increase your visibility by wearing reflective clothing. You may also want to wear a reflective safety vest.
Use a Flashlight
Most areas have street lights. However, even if the area has streetlights, there may still be spots that are not well-lit. That is why it is a good idea to keep a flashlight handy. Many companies also make lamps with LED lights on them.
Many pedestrians are hit because they are not paying attention. You will need to avoid looking down at your phone while you are walking. It is also a good idea for you to avoid listening to music while you are walking.
Use a Sidewalk
It is best for pedestrians to stay on the sidewalk. You will also need to cross the street at crosswalks. If there is not a sidewalk available, then you will need to walk facing traffic. Try to make eye contact with the driver before you cross the street.
Do Not Consume Alcohol
It is not just the drivers who need to abstain from alcohol. Pedestrians also need to refrain from using alcohol. It is estimated that 37 percent of pedestrians who are hit while walking are legally-intoxicated. Studies have shown that walking while drunk is just as dangerous as driving while drunk. If you walk while drunk, then your judgment will be impaired.
Furthermore, you may want to avoid walking at night if you are taking medications that making you drowsy. This is just as dangerous as walking while intoxicated.
Pedestrian accidents can occur even if the person is being careful. In many cases, pedestrians are hurt even when they have the right of way. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers. If you have been hurt in an accident because a driver was negligent, then you will need to contact Banafshe Law Firm. We have helped thousands of people.