Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents in Washington StatePedestrian accidents are common in Washington and they often result in devastating injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in the year 2008 and about 69,000 pedestrians were injured. That means one pedestrian was killed about every two hours. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,280 pedestrians were killed in the year 2010, including 61 fatalities in the state of Washington.
There are a number of tips that you can follow to help you reduce your chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident.
- Only cross the street at intersections and in marked crosswalks.
- Continuously watch for traffic as you cross the road.
- Do not cross in the middle of the road or from between vehicles.
- Be aware of motorists who look as if they are going to turn even if they have a red light.
- Always look both ways, even on roads that are not busy.
- Try to avoid roads where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks.
- Always obey crosswalk signals.
- Do not assume that a car that is slowing down will come to a complete stop.
- Do not bolt into a street.
- Wear reflective and bright clothing when walking late at night.
If you are exercising due care at the time of a collision, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for your considerable financial, physical, and emotional losses. A skilled Washington pedestrian accident attorney can help you determine liability for the crash and hold the at-fault driver accountable for your losses.