Drivers must use extra caution when driving through areas where large crowds are expected, such as a festival, fair, or another event. For example, a driver should drive slower than the posted speed limit when approaching an area where crowds are present. If a driver fails to use caution, the driver can be charged even if the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.
On the other hand, pedestrians must also exercise caution to remain safe. Simply because you are at a festival, it does not mean that you are relieved of taking steps to avoid a pedestrian accident. Below are several tips for reducing your risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident at a fair.
At many festivals, you are required to park in very large lots that are a good distance from the venue. Any time that there are a lot of pedestrians and cars in close proximity, a pedestrian accident can occur. It is extremely important to watch for cars backing out of spaces because drivers may not be looking for you. Always hold children by the hand when walking in parking lots just as you do when crossing the street. Lastly, try to walk in front of parked vehicles rather than behind the vehicle or in the driving lanes.
Crossing the Street
Always look for an intersection or marked crosswalk to cross the street. Unfortunately, many festivals are along roads that do not have marked pedestrian crosswalks or intersections. In this case, look for an officer who is directing traffic and cross the road at that point. If no officer is present, cross the road but use extreme caution and check both ways for vehicles several times before crossing. Cross the road as quickly as you can.
When attending festivals, always use the sidewalk whenever possible, especially street fairs and festivals. It is much safer to walk on the sidewalk whenever possible.
Walking at Night
Walking at night and crossing the street when leaving the festival is especially dangerous, especially if alcohol was served at the festival. While you need to exercise caution during the day, you should exercise extreme caution at night. Before leaving home, pack a couple of small flashlights in your backpacks to use at night to help see where you are walking and when crossing the street at night to increase your visibility.
Additional Pedestrian Safety Tips
For general pedestrian safety tips, you can visit the following web pages for more information:
- Indiana University
- AAA Exchange
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Liability for Pedestrian Accidents
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation from the party or parties at fault for your injuries. The parties at fault could include the driver, the event coordinator, security, or another party. It is important to retain an experienced Bloomington car accident attorney to investigate the accident to identify the correct parties who are liable for the accident. By naming each responsible party, you increase your chance of recovering full compensation for your injuries.
Contact A Bloomington Car Accident Attorney for More Information
Call The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 to speak with a Bloomington car accident attorney. You can also use the Live Chat feature on our website to request additional information. Our attorneys offer free, no-obligation consultations so you can get the advice you need to make an informed decision how to proceed with filing a pedestrian accident claim.