From a back injury to head trauma, broken bones and death, pedestrians who are hit by vehicles often face a number of serious consequences. If you are a pedestrian in Providence, Rhode Island, or anywhere else in America, it is important to understand what steps can be taken to increase safety when you take to the road. While some accidents can't be prevented, such as those involving drunk drivers who recklessly get behind the wheel, there are a number of strategies pedestrians should take advantage of to reduce the likelihood of being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident.
On their site, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a variety of suggestions for pedestrians who want to increase safety. The CDC reports that an average of roughly 445 people will need emergency treatment in the next 24 hours because of a pedestrian accident. Furthermore, one person is killed in a pedestrian accident every two hours, on average. The next time you are walking, it is important to remember to use crosswalks whenever you cross the street, if possible. If you walk at night, retro-active clothing can make you more visible and the use of a flashlight can allow you to see better. Also, you should try to use sidewalks when you can. If there are no sidewalks, walking on the road's shoulder while facing traffic can help reduce the likelihood of a pedestrian accident.
This information was written to provide helpful information on increasing pedestrian safety and does not constitute legal advice.