Pedestrians in California might be in growing danger of being injured in a motor vehicle accident. In 2016, pedestrian deaths increased to more than 5,900 from 5,495 in the previous year. Both drivers and pedestrians can take steps to avoid these types of accidents.
Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, particularly when they are backing up, when the weather is bad or at night. They should give pedestrians the right of way in crosswalks. Stopping a distance back from the crosswalk allows other drivers to see that there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk as well. They should not pass vehicles at the crosswalk since someone may be crossing. Drivers should always follow the speed limit and avoid using alcohol or drugs.
Pedestrians should also avoid alcohol or drug use since this can put them in danger. They should stay on the sidewalk and try to remain predictable. If there is no sidewalk, they should face traffic. They should cross at crosswalks when they can and intersections when they cannot. If that is available, they should pick a stretch of road with good visibility. Pedestrians should be careful around driveways and should always assume they are not seen by drivers. They should try to be visible and take a flashlight or wear reflective clothing at night.
Being hit by a car can be devastating for a pedestrian. The pedestrian might suffer traumatic brain injury, broken bones or another serious injury as a result. Compensation from the driver who caused the accident may be important for the injured person, who may have significant medical expenses and be unable to work during the recovery period. However, insurance companies might not offer enough in compensation. An attorney may be able to negotiate more compensation, or the injured person might want to file a lawsuit.