Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 12:51 am    

ARE PEDESTRIANS SAFER?

Even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report a slight decrease in pedestrian accidents from 2012 to 2013, even one pedestrian accident is too many for the family of the accident victim. Pedestrians are virtually unprotected in a collision with a motor vehicle. The pedestrian takes the full impact of the accident; therefore, the driver of the vehicle is rarely injured in a pedestrian accident.

Common injuries sustained by pedestrians in a motor vehicle accident include:

  • Traumatic head injuries including closed head injuries and penetrating head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries that often result in partial or complete paralysis
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Catastrophic internal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Neck and back injuries

Drivers and pedestrians can both work to make our roads safer for everyone.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians to Avoid Accidents

Drivers who are distracted can easily miss a pedestrian in a crosswalk. A fraction of a second can change lives forever. Pedestrians cannot rely on drivers to watch for them — pedestrians need to take precautions to keep themselves safe.

  • Increase Your Visibility – Staying in well-lit areas, wearing brightly colored clothing, carrying a flashlight at night, making eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, and wearing reflective materials can help pedestrians be more visible to drivers.
  • Follow Traffic Rules – Always cross in a crosswalk when available. Look both ways before crossing and only cross when you have the right-of-way. If there is not a sidewalk, walk as close to the side of the road as possible facing oncoming traffic.
  • Remain Alert at All Times – A driver should not be distracted from the task of driving and a pedestrian should not be distracted from the task of remaining safe. Do not wear headphones, talk on your cell phone, or read while walking. Your focus should be on avoiding an accident with a driver who is not paying attention, speeding, or disobeying other traffic rules.
  • Do Not Drink and Walk – Just as a driver should not drink and drive, you should not walk after drinking alcohol. Approximately one-half of pedestrian accidents involve alcohol with 34% of that total being the pedestrian who was intoxicated. If you have been drinking, call a friend or call a cab for a ride instead of walking.

Safety Tips for Drivers to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers have a duty to avoid pedestrians when driving including yielding the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk and taking precautions to avoid causing a pedestrian accident. This includes avoiding distractions that can take your focus off driving and the road ahead of you such as texting while driving and talking on your cell phone. You must obey all traffic laws including obeying all traffic signals, traffic signs, and speed limits.

Never pass a vehicle when approaching a crosswalk and always slow down when approaching a crosswalk. Leave room in front of you when stopped at a crosswalk so that other vehicles approaching can see any pedestrians in the crosswalk. As a driver, you are responsible for not only your life and the lives of your passengers but you are also responsible for driving in a manner that keeps everyone, including pedestrians, safe.

Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact Tiemann Law Firm for your free consultation with one. You can contact us online, call our toll free number at (916) 999-9000, or chat with a representative on our website.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial
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The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial
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I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Jereme S. Testimonial
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No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial
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From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!