• Avoiding Pedestrian-Related Traffic Accidents in New Jersey

    Avoiding Pedestrian-Related Traffic Accidents in New Jersey

    Posted on October 17, 2017 by Neil Durkin Law Offices

    October brings awareness to the importance of pedestrian safety on the roads. Between the weather changing and increased activities outside such as trick-or-treating and pumpkin picking, more motorists and pedestrians are more aware of the risks. However, these risks don’t end as Halloween passes. Pedestrians have rules applied to them as much as motorists to ensure better road safety for all travelers.

    Increase Visibility

    Being able to see a driver or vehicle does not mean they can necessarily see you as a pedestrian. It is reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 32 percent of fatalities due to pedestrian-related traffic accidents occur between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., when visibility is at a low. When possible, make eye contact with a driver to ensure they see you. At night, seek well-lit areas to cross the street and wear bright colored clothing that is easier to spot.

    Stay Sober

    Sobriety might be one of the best defenses against an accident. AAA has reported that almost half of all pedestrian accidents involve alcohol consumption in some way. Out of those accidents, the pedestrian was impaired 34 percent of the time. While it may be safer to walk than drive when intoxicated, alcohol impairs a person’s ability to make sound decisions. When possible, avoid heavy traffic areas, take a cab, or have a sober person walk with you for safety.

    Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

    Nearly everyone is aware that distracted driving is dangerous. However, being a distracted pedestrian also poses a threat. Motorists may be distracted or focused on something else happening on the road, making it important for pedestrians to be as prudent as motorists to ensure safety on the road. Further, some motorists are erratic or under the influence. Assuming a motorist has control over their vehicle can be a fatal mistake.

    Common causes of pedestrian distraction including wearing headphones, reading while walking, inappropriate behavior, and using a cellphone in some way. Be sure to put the phone away and focus when crossing any street and particularly heavy traffic streets. If you are the victim of a pedestrian-related traffic accident, contact our team at Durkin Law today. We will put our experience to work to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.