New York residents who walk everywhere may be dismayed to learn that there has been an increase in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents over the last few years. In fact, it was estimated that there were 6,000 pedestrian fatalities across the country in 2016 alone, a 22 percent increase over 2014. Because pedestrians are more vulnerable if they are struck by motor vehicles, it is important that they take steps to reduce the risks of becoming involved in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrians can help prevent accidents by identifying and minimizing the risks they may face. For example, they should avoid jaywalking and only cross when they are at crosswalks or intersections. This also includes avoiding stepping into the street between two parked cars. Pedestrians can also increase visibility to drivers by wearing bright clothing, even during the day. At night, using reflector strips can help motorists see them in the dark.
Motorists can also help prevent fatal pedestrian accidents. They can avoid becoming distracted by not using their phones or other electronic devices while they drive. Further, they can make themselves aware of where pedestrians are walking so that they can anticipate when those pedestrians may suddenly attempt to cross the street. If a pedestrian is in the road, motorists should yield to them even if the pedestrian is not at a crosswalk.
Car accidents involving pedestrians can result in serious injuries or even death due to the fact that pedestrians are not protected against the forces present in a collision. If a pedestrian was struck by a distracted or reckless driver, a personal injury attorney could work with the insurance company responsible for liability. The attorney will arrange to obtain compensation for any medical bills and other damages the injured pedestrian may be eligible to receive. If the insurance company refuses to pay compensation, the attorney may take the case to court.