Make sure you are safe
Injury attorney know how dangerous the roads can be for pedestrians, especially once the weather warms up. Soon you will see record numbers of runners and walkers hitting the road all across Charlotte. The experienced personal injury attorney want to make sure that these runners and pedestrians are taking the necessary precautions to avoid being injured by a motor vehicle.
Pedestrian injuries are common
Technically, a pedestrian is any person who is on foot. It does not matter whether they are walking, running, jogging, hiking, or sitting at a bus stop. Recent studies performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has documented that one pedestrian is killed every two hours and one is injured every seven minutes in traffic-related accidents. These are alarming numbers, and the reason has to be because pedestrians are exposed to higher volumes of traffic at higher speeds. This is evidenced by the fact that most pedestrian accidents usually result in serious bodily injuries. Unfortunately, runners and joggers run along roads with speed limits of 25 to 45 mph. A person being hit by a vehicle traveling 25 mph is the equivalent to falling off a two-story building onto the sidewalk. A 45 mph impact is the equivalent to falling off a six-story building. Obviously, there is high risk for serious injury or death.
Safety advice for pedestrians
Even though the onus is on drivers to operate their vehicle responsibly, and to constantly watch out for pedestrians, it is crucial that pedestrians exercise an equal responsibility to follow traffic rules, and to stay alert while running, or walking alongside the road. We want to offer some safety tips to help avoid accidents and injuries:
- Always wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Whenever possible, run, jog, or walk on sidewalks.
- Be cautious at intersections, and keep looking around as you use crosswalks
- Obey all traffic signals and signs.
- Be aware of a driver’s blind spot. If you cannot see them in the mirror, they cannot see you.
- Always be on the lookout for vehicles that are backing up or turning
- Do not wear earbuds. If you must insist, keep the volume low enough to hear traffic sounds.
- Avoid walking or running through road construction zones.
Charlotte Pedestrian and Runner Injury Lawyers or Injury attorney
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents often occur due to the negligence and recklessness of distracted drivers. And although drivers and insurance companies will try to place blame on the runner, jogger or walker, our Charlotte accident lawyers or injury attorney will fight to ensure the negligent drivers are held responsible for their actions. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident involving a pedestrian, runner, jogger or walker, contact the Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC. The he Olive law firm has been helping Carolinians find just compensation for personal injury cases for nearly 60 years. Call their office today to schedule a free consultation for your personal injury case.