February 19th, 2021|
When you’re walking near traffic, you’re always at risk. But the risks you face can be magnified when you don’t follow a few important precautions. In addition, failing to take those precautions can make it more difficult to get compensation if you’re struck by a vehicle and seriously injured.
Because of that, it’s important to take the right steps to protect your health and your rights to the money you’re owed if you’re involved in an accident.
- Avoid distractions—Remember that there are three types of distractions—visual, manual, and cognitive. Walking near traffic requires your undivided attention, but it’s easy to become distracted in all three ways by using your phone, listening to music, or just failing to be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk only where it’s safe to do so—Sidewalks and crosswalks exist for a reason! These are by far the safest places to be as a pedestrian, and anytime you stray from them, you increase your risk of being seriously injured.
- Plan your walk and route carefully—Avoid walking at night, in the rain, when it’s foggy out, and during other times of limited visibility. In addition, avoid routes where sidewalks and crosswalks aren’t available, and stay away from major highways whenever possible.
Generally, drivers are considered liable when they strike pedestrians, but not always. Because pedestrian accident injuries are so devastating, it’s critical that you don’t lose your chance to file a compensation claim because you were violating a law or behaving negligently.
June 4th, 2020|
Everyone knows about the dangers of driving when you’re over the legal limit. Alcohol consumption affects many vital physical and cognitive skills that come into play every moment when you’re behind the wheel. And the more you drink, the more pronounced those effects become.
Because of that, many people may attempt to walk to and from bars, restaurants, parties, and other events where alcohol is served to avoid the risks associated with driving under the influence, including accidents and DUI charges. But did you know that walking while intoxicated can also put you at serious risk?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there were nearly 6,000 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2017 alone, or about one every 88 minutes. In addition, 33% of those deaths involved the pedestrian being at or above the blood alcohol content level of 0.08%. 17% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved an intoxicated driver.
In addition to consuming alcohol, living in an urban area, walking or crossing the street in a non-intersection area, and walking at night all increase the risk of pedestrian deaths. Walking is something we take for granted, especially in well-lit areas with sidewalks, crosswalks, and slow-moving traffic. But it’s still a dangerous activity that should never be taken for granted or lightly.
Just as you wouldn’t get behind the wheel after drinking, you also shouldn’t take off for home on foot after drinking. In addition to putting you at risk of getting a citation for public intoxication, it can also increase your risks of being involved in a fatal accident.
At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, our Green Bay pedestrian accident attorneys know the risks that pedestrians face in Wisconsin. Do your best to stay safe, and if a negligent driver hurts you, we’re here to help. Contact us for a free consultation.