If you are travelling by foot, you are considered a pedestrian. While you may believe you are safe, especially if you are walking on the sidewalk, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, according to statistics shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over the next 24 hours, approximately 445 people will be treated for a traffic pedestrian injury. Additionally, the statistics show that one person will die from injuries suffered in such an accident within the next two hours.
Pedestrians of all ages are at risk of injury or death from a traffic accident. However, some have a higher risk than others, including but not limited to:
- Teens and young adults.
- Male pedestrians.
- Those who are legally drunk.
Fortunately, there are steps pedestrians can take to improve their safety. These include:
- Crossing the street at designated intersections or crosswalks.
- Making sure you are visible to traffic at all times, even during the nighttime hours.
- Walking on a sidewalk when possible. If this is not possible, walk on the shoulder of the road and face traffic.
The statistics can be harrowing, and the prospect of being injured as a pedestrian can be frightening in the least. However, the potential risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident should not be enough to keep you from walking, jogging or running as you please. It should, however, inspire you to take the necessary safety precautions and protect yourself from any future injuries or accidents.
Contact Our Reno Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, such as being struck by a motor vehicle, there is no time to waste in obtaining medical attention. Our Reno personal injury lawyers of Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster L.L.P. will work diligently to investigate the details of your case, so as to do our part in obtaining the compensation you deserve, whether for your costly medical bills, loss of work and wages, or pain and suffering.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at your earliest convenience by calling (775) 284-8888.