Michigan residents may be interested to learn that there was an increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2016. There were 5,987 reported pedestrian deaths in that year. In order to reduce pedestrian deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides resources including safety tips and educational materials.
Pedestrians can help keep themselves safe by following the rules of the road and by obeying traffic signs and signals. Furthermore, they should stick to walking on sidewalks when they are available. If they are available, crosswalks should always be used to cross the street. If crosswalks are not available, pedestrians should only cross the street in sections of the road that are well-lit and where the passing vehicles can be seen. Finally, pedestrians should avoid using electronic devices that can distract them from what is going on around them.
There are also certain things that motorists can do to help prevent pedestrian accidents. This includes being on the lookout for pedestrians when driving in snow, rain or other conditions that may make it difficult to see. If there are vehicles stopped at a crosswalk, motorists should also stop as there may be a pedestrian crossing. Finally, if a driver is driving in areas with lots of pedestrians, he or she should take extra caution and be on the lookout for pedestrians.
Pedestrians are particularly at risk for suffering severe injuries or even dying if they become involved in auto-pedestrian accidents. If a negligent driver strikes a pedestrian while speeding or while not paying attention to his or her surrounding, that driver may be held liable for any damages the pedestrian suffers. If a pedestrian is injured, a personal injury attorney may assist with filing a lawsuit against the driver and the driver’s insurance. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the pedestrian might seek compensation for medical costs and lost income if he or she cannot work.