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Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

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With the beautiful weather we enjoy year-round in San Diego, many of us love to spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether going out for a walk or run, San Diego has many outdoor spots to enjoy. However, pedestrian accidents involving vehicles are common and can result in you suffering serious harm or even death. Read the tips below to learn how to enjoy your time outdoors while staying safe.

Be Cautious

Use caution at all times when crossing a street. When crossing the road, it is important to never assume that a vehicle is able to see you or that a vehicle will stop for you. Wait for a vehicle to either pass you or come to a complete stop before stepping into the street. Walk against traffic if you are on a road with no sidewalk or one that is poorly lit. In addition, avoid distractions such as talking on the phone or sending a text while walking, especially at night. Any distraction may make it more difficult to exercise the proper level of caution necessary to keep yourself safe.

Stay Visible

Many pedestrian accidents occur because the driver does not see the pedestrian. For example, if you are crossing a road at night, it can be difficult for a vehicle to see you. Therefore, consider wearing reflective clothing and either carry or wear a light. You can attach a light to your forehead or arm to warn vehicles of your presence. In addition, do not walk at night while wearing dark clothing.

Follow Traffic Laws

Jaywalking can put you at risk. Crossing the street in a designated crosswalk at all times provides a driver with the best opportunity to see you. While traffic laws in California ask drivers to yield to pedestrians, not all drivers follow this rule all the time. Therefore, it is up to a pedestrian to watch out for herself. For example, if you are in a busy intersection with a traffic light, wait for the crosswalk signal before crossing the street. In addition, be mindful of vehicles that may be turning right into the crosswalk. If such a vehicle is present, then ensure the vehicle sees you and is going to wait for you to cross.

If you or someone you know is injured in a pedestrian accident, call 619-781-1360 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys have experience representing pedestrian victims and can help you receive fair compensation for your injuries. During the consultation one of our attorneys will sit down with you and explain your options following the accident.

*DISCLAIMER:  The information contained in this post and on this website may contain LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT.  It does not constitute and should not be construed as a legal advice or medical advice.  Similar results are not guaranteed.  Past results are no guarantee of future results.  The information in this article is provided for general informational purposes only.  The law changes frequently and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Being general in nature, this information may not apply to any specific factual and/or legal set of circumstances. No attorney-client relationship is formed, nor should any such relationship be implied. Nothing on this blog is intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney, especially an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. If you require legal advice, please consult with a competent attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.

by Natalie Prescott

 

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