Licensed drivers have an obligation to obey the rules of the road and practice safe driving techniques. Unfortunately, many motorists continue to operate their vehicles in a reckless manner, putting the lives of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in danger.
Pedestrians are 1.5x more likely to be killed in a car accident compared to vehicle occupants. Based on a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,735 pedestrians were killed by vehicles, while more than 150,000 were treated in emergency rooms.
The following are helpful safety tips to avoid being injured or becoming a casualty to negligent driving:
- Maintain proper visibility. Make sure you are always visible to drivers, especially in the evenings or in low-light conditions like dawn and dusk. Wear reflective or lightly colored clothing at night. You could also carry a flashlight whenever you decide to walk in the dark.
- Walk in safe areas. Remain the sidewalks and crosswalks whenever it is possible. If a sidewalk is nonexistent, walk on the far side of the road which faces traffic. If a crosswalk is not available, find a well-lit area on the road and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to cross.
- Follow the rules. Abide by all traffic laws, signs, and signals. Keep in mind, don’t assume that the driver will give you the right of way all the time.
If you were injured after being hit by a reckless motorist in Massachusetts, contact our Worcester personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. today.