Take the time to learn about pedestrian safety to avoid a dangerous crash in Massachusetts.
As we enjoy the last months of summer, many Quincy residents will choose to go for a walk to spend time outdoors. Whether you are traveling to a specific destination or just enjoying the pleasant temperatures, walking is a popular pastime for many Massachusetts residents.
Of course, when you are on the road as a pedestrian, there are some safety precautions you should take to help avoid a dangerous collision with a motor vehicle. As you would expect, the consequences for pedestrians involved in such crashes are often serious, leading to severe injuries and overwhelming medical expenses.
Stay safe when walking in Massachusetts
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are a serious issue throughout Massachusetts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In all, pedestrian fatalities accounted for over 20 percent of all traffic deaths in the state in 2012. That year, over 70 pedestrians lost their lives in collisions with motor vehicles in our state.
Often, a negligent motorist is to blame for these serious pedestrian accidents. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to be familiar with some safety strategies you can use to help keep yourself safe when on foot in Massachusetts.
Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable road users. Certain groups of pedestrians are even more vulnerable than others. For instance, children - aged 14 and below - are at a particularly high risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 25 percent of all children fatally injured in traffic accidents are pedestrians. Therefore, you should consider talking to your children about pedestrian safety.
In addition, intoxicated pedestrians are at a higher risk of being involved in a pedestrian crash than their sober counterparts. The CDC found that almost 35 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2012 involved a pedestrian whose blood alcohol concentration was 0.08 percent or above. While walking may seem like a safe way to get home after a night out drinking, you may want to reconsider you options and find a sober driver to take you home.
In general, when walking in Massachusetts, you want to use sidewalks when available and always cross the street in marked crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks present, walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
Talk to a personal injury attorney after a pedestrian crash
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you likely have serious injuries from which you have to recover. Under such circumstances, you should not have to worry about how you will continue to make ends meet while your injuries heal. Consider seeking the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney who will work on your behalf to ensure your interests are protected.