Warmer Weather Means More Pedestrian Accidents
It feels like spring has finally made it to New Jersey. Warmer temperatures are in our forecast and the sun is shining bright. But with warmer weather comes more people going outdoors. And that means more pedestrian accidents in the future.
In the past week, there have been a number of pedestrian accidents reported throughout New Jersey, including one involving an off-duty police officer. Although a new program had been put in place to help make crosswalks safer for pedestrians, pedestrian accidents have been on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,783 pedestrians were killed about 76,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2012, a 6 percent increase from 2011. In New Jersey, there were 156 pedestrian fatalities in 2012.
With spring finally sprung, we wanted to pass along a few tips to keep in mind when heading out to enjoy the warm weather:
- Always follow the rules of the road when you are walking.
- Stay on sidewalks when available. When not available, walk facing traffic as far off the road as you can.
- Stay alert! Keep your eyes off your phone and on the road.
- Look for cars in all directions.
- Cross at crosswalks, not between cars.
- Wear bright clothing, especially at nighttime.
- And never assume that the driver sees you. Try to make eye contact if you can.
If you get into a pedestrian accident, you’re going to need an experienced personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.