Crossing the street at intersections is much safer for pedestrians than jaywalking. A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that nearly 80 percent of pedestrian accidents resulting in fatalities occurred at non-intersections. The Todd R. Durham Law Firm, an Irving accident attorney, provides excellent defense services for pedestrians involved in car accidents.
An average automobile weighs up to 4,000 pounds, and an average person weighs less than 200. The force delivered by a moving vehicle causes extensive injuries or death. Even the most alert driver is unable to stop quickly if you step in front of a car.
Handheld gadgets are popular with all age groups today, and you risk your safety when you use them while you walk near traffic. Instead of letting your newest entertainment toy occupy your full attention, use your faculties in these ways:
- Listen for the sound of approaching cars.
- Watch for fast cars.
- Listen for sirens.
Listening to music or talking on your cell are activities that capture your attention. They are fascinating, enjoyable and convenient. They are also dangerous if you let them occupy you completely. When you are interested in what you are watching or listening to, you cannot pay attention to the traffic around you.
The few seconds that you save by jaywalking instead of using the crosswalk at the intersection are not worth risking an accident. Crosswalk safety is not guaranteed when you remember that many drivers like to listen to music and talk on the phone while they drive. Watch for permission to cross, but watch for drivers who do not see you until it is too late.
After an Accident
Many pedestrians never fully recover from an accident that involves an automobile. The best plan is to stay alert and avoid injury. In case of an accident, you have access to personal injury law to get compensation for your injuries. Instead of talking to any insurance company, call the Todd R. Durham Law Firm at 214-222-4000 for a free consultation.