Two people in Liberty Township, Ohio recently tried to save a woman who was struck by a car. The accident occurred late at night and resulted in a loud bang, which many nearby witnesses thought sounded similar to a gunshot. The accident was caused by a teenage driver who was passing through the area, which was unlit and dark at the time.
Unfortunately, life-saving measures attempted by nearby pedestrians were unsuccessful and the victim died of her injuries later that night at a medical facility. No charges have been brought against the driver, and law enforcement is still investigating exactly how the accident occurred.
Statistics reveal that each year, hundreds of pedestrians in Ohio and the rest of the country have their lives changed in auto accidents. Rather than rely on all drivers to safely operate their vehicles, pedestrians should take some additional steps to avoid ending up in an accident. Some of the important measures that pedestrians should follow to avoid being struck by cars are outlined below.
Put Your Phone Down
One of the most dangerous things that pedestrians can do is walk near the road while they are distracted. It is a much safer idea for pedestrians to eliminate distractions while walking near the road and to remain cautious and alert to their surroundings. This means pedestrians should put their phones in their pockets while walking.
Pedestrians should also avoid wearing headphones while walking, which can make it difficult to hear the sound of approaching vehicles. Just remember, an observant pedestrian is a safe pedestrian.
Only Cross the Road at Designated Areas
One of the advantages of being a pedestrian is that you can often walk in a much more direct line toward your destination. This does not mean, however, that you should cross the road in dangerous or unmarked areas. To stay safe, pedestrians should only cross the road at marked crosswalks. The additional time that you take to reach your destination can greatly increase your chances of getting there safely.
Pedestrians should also walk on the sidewalk or any nearby paths whenever available, rather than in the street. By walking in the street, pedestrians greatly increase the possibility that they will not be seen by approaching vehicles and consequently hit and injured.
Be on the Lookout
Pedestrians must remain observant for several approaching dangers. For example, pedestrians should be on the lookout for careless drivers. Similarly, pedestrians should be on the lookout for vehicles that are backing up. Another substantial danger of which pedestrians should be aware are bicyclists and scooterists, who can cause serious collisions if they collide with someone who is walking.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, I am here for you, day or night. I know how devastating the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be, which is why I will find out what happened and dedicate all of my resources on your behalf. Call me, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®