507-288-2447
Klampe Law Firm
Southern Minnesota’s injury law firm

The Dangers of Being A Pedestrian

With so much attention on car crashes, you may understandably worry about the risk of a collision. Driving is such an integral part of daily life that the likelihood of a crash is very real, and people are wise to learn and implement safety measures.

However, the group that also has reason to worry is pedestrians. Statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Administration show that pedestrian fatalities have increased each year since 2014 and make up 15 percent of total deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The CDC also notes that pedestrians have a greater chance than car passengers to die in an accident. Cars and seat belts offer some protection, whereas pedestrians are fully exposed to harm from vehicles.

Causes of Pedestrian Injuries

Some pedestrians are responsible for their own injuries due to factors such as intoxication or distraction. Other injuries are the fault of motorists who are drunk, speeding, distracted or otherwise breaking the law. Additional risk factors include the following:

  • Nighttime
  • Urban areas
  • Non-intersections

You can reduce your chances of injury by staying on the sidewalk, crossing safely only at intersections when possible and avoiding walking during dark. If nighttime travel is a must, use a flashlight and wear bright or reflective clothing. When no sidewalk is present, walk facing traffic along the shoulder.

Children are also at high risk of injury. Make sure your children know and follow pedestrian laws and have an adult accompany them whenever possible.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

request Your Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Klampe Law Firm 975 34th Ave NW, Suite 400 Rochester, MN 55901 | Phone: 507-288-2447 | Fax: 507-288-4412 | Rochester Law Office Map

Normal Business hours:
8:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday
Holidays may affect these hours.

  • North Star