You may feel safe while walking on a sidewalk or in an untrafficked area. Yet, the Indiana state government revealed in their latest annual accident statistics that 1,808 pedestrians were involved in collisions in 2011, an increase over the previous year’s 1,797. About 63 of those incidents proved fatal. You can avoid these types of accidents by following a few tips.
Always stay on the sidewalk when available. Most of the accidents and deaths happened when pedestrians were walking on the road or crossing the street.
The second highest number of incidents occurred when people were working. If you must work on the road, follow all safety procedures, which typically includes setting out traffic cones, wearing safety vests and hardhats, and where traffic is involved, posting flagmen.
Over a third of the pedestrian accidents occurred from 3-7 p.m. Be extremely careful during the evening rush hour, not only because of increased traffic, but also people are tired from work. Interestingly, the morning rush hour from 5-9 a.m. had some of the lowest accident rates, with only 10 percent of the incidents. Although traffic was heavy at this time, people were also fresh and alert.
Most accidents occurred because drivers did not see the pedestrians. Make yourself as visible as possible. Follow all traffic safety laws. When you cross the road at a crosswalk or intersection, catch the driver’s eye before proceeding. Wear light-colored, reflective clothing if you walk at night.
Even after following these tips, you or a loved one may still become injured in an accident. Please contact us, your Indiana injury lawyers, so we can fight for your rights.