In Oklahoma, pedestrian traffic accidents are on the rise.
A pedestrian may not be paying attention to the oncoming traffic on the road. It may be probable that they are not facing the road, but looking away. The driver may possibly be distracted and not have a vigilant eye on the road. It may be likely that due to being distracted, the driver ultimately smashes into the pedestrian causing a severe crash. This accident may be fatal.
According to World Health Organization, 1.25 million people are killed each year as a result of road traffic accidents.
As a pedestrian you may not have the power to control other driver's actions on the road, but there are a few steps you can follow to keep yourself safe.
Below are the guidelines you may want to consider when you are out on the road as a pedestrian.
- Stop, look, and listen to see if there is any oncoming traffic.
- Don't run across the street between two parked cars.
- Make a conscious effort to cross the pedestrian walk paths.
- Follow signals for pedestrians.
- If there is no sidewalk, make sure to walk on the right side of the road facing the oncoming traffic.
- Avoid drinking as it may slow down your reaction time.
You may be able to cover damages if you can prove that the driver's negligence caused the accident. Negligence is when drivers fail to conduct themselves appropriately on the road and intimidate other pedestrians and drivers. This may involve tailgating, cutting through lanes and not following traffic signals.
If you are a pedestrian who has been affected by driver negligence then you may want to consider hiring an experienced compensation lawyer who can help you get your life back on track.