“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright

In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This equates to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Additionally, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.

Steps to Safety

It is important to take the “right steps” to be safe when walking along roadways. These steps include:
  • Exercising Caution at Intersections and Crosswalk;
  • Increasing Your Visibility at Night by Wearing Retro-Reflective Clothing;
  • Carrying flashlights;
We all know walking is good for your health as well as the environment too, but before you head out on foot for a stroll, power walk, or errand, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.

Children at Risk

As pedestrians, children are at even greater risk of injury or death from traffic crashes due to their small size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules. It’s especially important to watch out for children’s safety when they’re walking near traffic.

Additional Steps for Safety

  • Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
  • Be careful at intersections where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
  • Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
  • It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.

Call Us Today

If you’ve been in a pedestrian related accident, contact us today. Our attorneys have the experience to investigate your case and diligently pursue the benefits you are entitled to. With our knowledgeable staff, we’ll evaluate your case and calculate your next steps. Don’t assume you’re liable. Let us help. If you have been injured in a collision caused by an uninsured, underinsured or hit-and-run driver, do not hesitate to contact us at 503-233-6507 or by e-mail to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced personal injury trial attorneys.