It is a rare for any pedestrian accident to be considered minor because pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our roadways.
It is a rare for any pedestrian accident to be considered minor because pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our roadways. Pedestrians have little to no protection or protective gear and when they are struck by a motor vehicle, the results are often devastating. The Ohio Department of Public Safety reported over 150 pedestrians were killed and over 2,600 injured in collisions with motor vehicles in 2017.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there was a 3% increase in pedestrian fatalities nationwide and over 6,200 people were killed nationwide in pedestrian accidents.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Vehicles making right or left hand turn at intersection and not seeing pedestrian crossing
- When a driver does not see a pedestrian walking or running on the side of the road
- A vehicle is backing or reversing, oftentimes from a parked position
- Distracted motorists
The NHTSA recommends these safety tips for pedestrians:
- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
Let our Ohio Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Work for You
If you were a pedestrian injured in a car accident, let the experienced and knowledgeable Columbus pedestrian accident attorneys at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. assist you. We have over 25 years of combined experience assisting injured victims obtain the recovery and compensation they deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for car accident victims in Franklin County. Our Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers also guarantee you will not pay anything in fees until you recover first.