Walking is a fantastic way to get exercise while also getting yourself someplace you want—or need—to be. Many people enjoy walking for its cardiovascular benefits, as well as for simply taking in the sights of their neighborhood. However, pedestrians are vulnerable in ways that other people, such as motorists, are not. If a car is involved in an accident, the driver and passengers may be protected by airbags, seatbelts, and a big vehicular frame surrounding them and separating them from the road (or from the other vehicle). However, if a pedestrian is hit by a car, the only thing keeping them from the road is the shoes on their feet and the clothes they are wearing. That is why pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries and even fatalities. If you were hurt while on a walk and want to talk to a pedestrian accident lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to discuss the possibility of taking legal action in the civil courts.
Pedestrian accident statistics
According to a yearly report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,375 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2015, and as many as 70,000 are estimated to have sustained injuries in these crashes during that same year. Both pedestrian deaths and pedestrian injuries resulting from accidents have been on the rise over the past ten years.
Tips for pedestrian safety
Although you cannot prevent someone else’s negligence through any actions on your part, there are some things you can do—or at least bear in mind—in order to make sure your walks are that much safer. Here are some pedestrian safety tips:
- Stick to using crosswalks and sidewalks wherever possible. If none are available, stay as far to the side of the road as you can and cross only when traffic is not approaching.
- Wear bright or even reflective clothing when walking at night. Consider carrying a flashlight to increase visibility.
- Do not jay-cross if you can possibly avoid it.
- Avoid wearing earbuds with loud music or podcasts playing—stay aware of your surroundings so you can avoid hazards.
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you in court
If you need a pedestrian accident lawyer in Camden, let us be your legal advocates. We specialize in tackling pedestrian injury cases, and we will use our knowledge of civil law to help you seek the recovery of damages in court. Damages may be assessed by the courts and assigned a dollar amount based on such factors as pain and suffering, medical expenses and daily living expenses, lost wages and loss of quality of life resulting from the injuries the accident caused. The liable party may then be compelled by the courts to pay out these damages to you in the form of cash compensation, which can then be used to pay off medical bills and pay for groceries and rent or mortgage while you recover from your injuries. Call today for a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.