An article recently published through Vanderbilt University talked about how pedestrian fatalities were up 20% in Davidson County in 2014. As of the end of February 2015, two people had already been killed when they were struck by vehicles while crossing the street. Who is to blame, though? Are pedestrians not being careful? Are drivers unaware of their surroundings? The blame for pedestrian deaths cannot be blamed on one specific person or even one specific group, but preventing more deaths does require action on the part of both drivers and pedestrians.
One of the top things both drivers and pedestrians can do is to not allow mobile devices to become a distraction. Text your friends before you leave or when you reach your destination. Talk to your friend on the phone at a later time. Check weather updates and the score of your favorite sporting event when you are able to devote more attention to your phone.
Both drivers and pedestrians should also be aware of their surroundings. Pedestrians should cross only at designated crosswalks and should look both ways before crossing. They should also make sure oncoming traffic is aware of them. Even if you have the right-of-way, do not risk crossing the street if you are unsure if a vehicle will stop.
Drivers need to be extra careful driving in highly populated areas. If there are a large number of people around, you may have to slow down and be extra aware of pedestrians who may dart in front of your vehicle. Also, always yield to pedestrians crossing the road.
Of course, one of the top things both pedestrians and drivers can do is to travel sober. Drinking impairs your judgment as well as your reaction time. In 2014, 17% of pedestrians killed in car crashes were impaired at the time of the accident.
Of course, even if you are extra cautious when driving or walking, that does not mean everyone around you is going to be extra careful. If you do get injured in a car accident, the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim and Associates can help you. Feel free to contact us if you think you might have a personal injury case or even if you have questions concerning personal injury cases.