Better Drivers Can Contribute to Lower Rates of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians and car drivers often view each other as antagonists. At intersections and crosswalks, it is not uncommon to see stressed drivers glancing at pedestrians with disdainful eyes and wary pedestrians looking at them with a frown. It’s not hard to understand why. Accidents are fairly common at intersections and crosswalks and every pedestrian accident lawyer will tell you that each side sees the other as irresponsible or negligent.
When an accident occurs, it’s almost always the pedestrians who are injured or killed, regardless of who was at fault. So, it is ultimately up to motorists to exercise caution and watch out for pedestrians. Here are six things that pedestrians wish car drivers knew.
- We have the right-of-way at crosswalks
Crosswalks are made for pedestrians. We have the right-of-way when we enter a crosswalk in front of your car. We have the right-of-way when we enter a crosswalk in front of a car adjacent to yours. We have the right-of-way when we are crossing the roadway in front of the car that is in front of you. So no matter how much of a hurry you are in, you must be patient and give us way when we are crossing.
- We do follow traffic rules
You think that we don’t follow traffic rules. But the fact is that we do follow traffic rules. Our life depends on it. We understand when you have the right-of-way. We obey traffic signals. We watch for turning vehicles. We wait for the green light before entering a crosswalk. We try to cross as quickly as we can so as not to inconvenience you.
- Most of us do not jaywalk
There are a few reckless pedestrians everywhere, but they are in the minority. Most of us are not into jaywalking. We do not cross the road illegally. If we have to cross the road anywhere other than a crosswalk, we do it only when there are no vehicles. Even where there is a crosswalk, we do not enter without first looking left and right. If you see someone jaywalking, he/she does not represent the vast majority of us.
- We value our life and the lives of our children
We value our life and the lives of our children more than you could possibly value your car, no matter how expensive it may be. We are aware that we are more vulnerable. We know that that a small mistake can result in our being injured or killed. We also know that some of you may not be in the best form, physically or mentally. Therefore, we are extra careful at intersections and crosswalks.
- Most of the accidents are caused by drivers
Are you aware that most of the accidents involving cars and pedestrians are caused by negligent drivers? Yes, this is true. So we want you to be responsible. We do not want to you to be driving when you are tired or feeling sleepy. We do not want you to be driving when you are intoxicated. We do not want you to be driving when you are in a bad mood. You might end up injuring or killing us.
- We need to be respected as much as you do
As a car driver, you want us to respect you. But we also need you to respect us as much as you want us to respect you. Just because we are walking doesn’t mean that we are less entitled to the road and streets than you are. Also, we face a far greater risk of injury or even death in case of an accident. Our lives are literally in your hands.
If you were hit by a car and have sustained injuries while walking, then contact a reputed pedestrian accident lawyer immediately to file a claim. The more time you waste, the less likely you are to win the case. Call us now for legal assistance.