Walking is not only a healthy form of exercise, it is also extremely beneficial to the environment as a form of transportation. For those that choose to walk near cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, or bicycles, a good safety plan is necessary before proceeding on busy roadways,
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, there were almost 5,000 pedestrian-related deaths in 2008. In order to prevent these fatalities, drivers and pedestrians must adhere to safe driving practices at all times. If you or someone you love was injured by a reckless driver and want to pursue legal action, contact the of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.
In order to protect oneself from an accident, pedestrians should:
- Adhere to traffic controls. Only walk when you see the appropriate signal. Do not try to race across a busy street with little time left on the 'Walk' sign.
- Never jaywalk. Use only clearly-marked crosswalks or sidewalks.
- Hold the hand of your small child at all times. Children often have a tendency to dart across traffic.
- Do not walk on 'limited-access' highways. There is usually little protection for pedestrians on these busy roads. Save your walking for safer routes.
The above tips should help you avoid some common mistakes pedestrians often make, which can lead to accident and injury. However, if you are injured by a dangerous driver as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to financial compensation by bringing your claim to court.
Call the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 for a case evaluation and to learn more about pedestrian rights.