While you and your family are enjoying the outdoors and taking a stroll down one of Connecticut’s many windy, tree-lined roads, you are, unfortunately, not safe from the possibility of being injured in a car accident. Making your way across well-traveled intersections always has the potential to be unsafe, but crossing them with care and attention will help spare you from critical injuries or possibly even death.
Pedestrian injury accidents occur far too frequently when you consider how many of them could have easily been avoided. Showing just a little additional attention to detail and making sure that you take your time will go a long way to helping you and your loved ones remain safe even if you come across a driver whose focus is not on your or the road.
There are some actions you are able to take as a pedestrian to help you evade critical injuries or worse while you are out getting some exercise, fresh air, and just enjoying your neighborhood streets.
Where available you should always walk on sidewalks. Using a wide “break-down lane” can be tempting, but it can also be dangerous. Staying on the sidewalk is the only way to stay truly safe while walking.
When approaching an intersection you might want to race through to beat a “walk” sign that is just about to change. Impatient drivers can be too quick to get started through an intersection and that, combined with your racing to beat a walk sign could spell trouble.
Using all of your senses when approaching an intersection is a must. Keeping your eyes and ears open at all times to make sure that you are completely aware of your surroundings will keep you safe.
Ensure You Are Visible to Passing Motorists
Whether you’re walking during the day or at night, stay in plain view of the drivers so they know if you’re about to cross the street. Be aware of branches or signs that could be hindering their ability to see you.
Taking some additional safety measures while you are out walking will easily be the difference between safely getting where you wanted to go or a far more tragic ending.
Our attorneys at The Moynahan Law Firm have more than 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured in Connecticut car accidents get the financial settlement to which they are entitled. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car accident, you could be eligible to receive remuneration for things such as medical bills, emergency room visits, prescription medications, lost wages from missed work, as well as pain and suffering.
If you would be interested in receiving a no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified, prominent personal injury attorneys concerning your car accident, then please give us a call at (203) 597-6364 and speak with someone in our Southbury or Waterbury offices today.