Walk This Way
As a nation we are facing an epidemic, pedestrian fatalities. Every day in America there is an accident involving a driver and a pedestrian, some of them resulting in a fatality. Walking, sitting at a bus stop, riding your bike, or even just standing in a public place puts you at risk for being involved in an accident.
According to the article below, this is a national problem:
“The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents is expected to have risen by as much as 10 percent when final 2015 statistics are available. That would be the biggest increase ever recorded. The annual Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Spotlight on Highway Safety Report provides the first look at 2015 pedestrian fatality trends, based on data reported by state highway safety agencies”
Why are pedestrian accidents on the rise? Many experts site different reasons based on each state, but nationally the experts can agree on these reasons for the increase:
- We are a distracted nation: Devices such as cell phones and iPods are part of our everyday life. As technology advances so does our increase of use. We are a nation distracted by some type of device daily. Drivers and pedestrians are being distracted more now than ever. Many states have a “no texting and driving” law but this law does not stop all drivers from texting while driving. It’s not only drivers that are distracted, but pedestrians as well. Texting while walking or biking is also on the rise. Unfortunately, there are a lack of “no texting and walking laws”. This responsibility lies on both parties, the driver and the pedestrian.
- More pedestrians: Our population is increasing daily, more and more people are walking and biking due to health/environmental reasons. More people also means more chances for accidents. With so many people visiting Las Vegas from all over the world each year, we as Nevadans need to be especially cautious. Many laws and behaviors vary from state to state and country to country.
What can you do daily to protect yourself and others:
- Put your device down: Sounds simple but most people can’t seem to let go of their devices, even if their life could depend on it. If it is too tempting to look at your cell phone while you are driving, then try putting it in your back seat or somewhere you can’t access it while you are driving. If you are walking or biking, turn your cell phone off completely until you reach your destination.
- Drive/ Walk defensively: Many drivers and pedestrians feel entitled when they are out in public. As a pedestrian you cannot assume you always have the right of way, going head to head with an automobile is a battle you will never win. As a driver you can’t expect pedestrians to cross only in cross walks and to follow all the traffic laws.
Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver you should always be aware of your surroundings and be alert at all times. Avoiding all distractions can be difficult, but limiting them may save you and others from an accident. If you are someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, visit our site http://lagomarsinolaw.com call 702-383-2864