Every year, Charlotte injury attorneys are asked to represent the families of thousands of pedestrians who die in traffic related accidents while walking along highways and intersections. With Charlotte’s rapid growth, especially in urban areas such as downtown, NoDa, Southend and others, pedestrian injuries and fatalities are becoming more prevalent. A recent study reveals the most vulnerable group of people who are affected by these accidents. In this article, we want to offer helpful tips on how to stay safe while walking.
Elderly pedestrians are injured
A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discloses that for men who are 75 years or older were more than twice as likely to die in a car-pedestrian accident than men under 34 years old. Similarly, death rates for women aged 75 years or older were also twice that of women under 64 years old. There are a number of reasons behind the higher rates for this risk group:
- Because older pedestrians generally cross intersections more slowly
- Reduced vision is a contributing factor
- Hearing deficits can contribute to accidents
- Slower reaction time are also factors
One of the most effective solutions has been the movement by state and local government to design roads and intersections that will help reduce fatalities. Some ideas include brighter lighting, interactive signs, and moving bus stops away from intersections. High-intensity activated crosswalk traffic signals make pedestrians more visible to motorists, and have been effective at reducing crashes. These crosswalks use strobe-light signals to alert drivers to stop at crosswalks. They are activated by pedestrians and remain dark when no one is crossing.
How to improve safety
Here are some tips that can make your next foot journey a safe one:
- Walk only on the sidewalks
- If you must walk in the street, walk in the direction facing traffic
- Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle
- Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing to help make you more visible
- Do not cross roadways except at marked crossings
- Give yourself the most time to cross by waiting for a newly turned green light or walk signal
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
- Don’t text and walk.
One of Charlotte’s best personal injury attorneys
It is important to remember that no matter how safe you try to be, negligent and irresponsible people are all around you. This is why the accident and injury attorneys at the Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC are also ready to work for you and your family. If you or a family member ends up injured as the result of a negligent act or an act of omission; call the offices of the Olive law Firm for a free consultation with a Charlotte injury attorney.