Cars vs. Pedestrians – Pedestrian Safety on Alabama Roadways
While walking around roadways in Alabama can be an excellent way to get exercise and fresh air, and see the beautiful sights the state has to offer, it certainly comes with a handful of risks. To be sure, pedestrian accidents are an unfortunate occurrence in Alabama, and the rates are on the rise. According to statistics offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 98 pedestrian fatalities took place in 2015 across the state, up from just 78 nine years before.
No one should have to suffer a devastating pedestrian injury, or deal with the aftermath of the death of a loved one at the hands of a driver. Sadly, however, this is a shared reality that many Alabama residents experience on a routine basis.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one here in Alabama, to a pedestrian accident, you are not alone. The skilled Alabama personal injury attorneys at Cobb Boyd White & Cobb have helped countless victims and surviving family members through both the grieving and personal injury claims process, and we are prepared to offer you help immediately.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There is no one single cause of all pedestrian accidents, and, as such, each case is different. That being said, there are a number of factors that often contribute to pedestrian accidents, a handful of which are listed below:
- Drunk drivers;
- Defective car parts;
- Inclement weather;
- Poorly maintained roadways; and
- Inattentive drivers.
A pedestrian accident may have been caused by any combination of these factors, as well as others. For example, a pedestrian may be struck by a speeding driver during a rainstorm, and the accident may have taken place on a road with potholes that had yet to be filled by the city. In this case many parties may hold liability for the result of the accident.
Of course, while the aforementioned causes are common, one factor stands above the rest as technology continues to develop: distracted driving. Indeed, data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that each day in the United States an average of nine people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. And, as alluded to above, technology is often the culprit; as smart phones, tablets, and other pieces of technology continue to draw the attention of drivers away from the road and onto the screen, pedestrians continue to be at risk while they walk on Alabama roadways.
How to Stay Safe as a Pedestrian in Alabama
As a pedestrian, it is impossible to influence the behavior of other drivers on the road and convince them to drive safely and without distractions. However, there are a number of safety tips that pedestrians in Alabama can follow that will help decrease their risk of being involved in an accident:
- Stay alert – Perhaps the most important tip is for pedestrians in Alabama to remain alert at all times. Pedestrians should keep their eyes on the road and avoid walking with headphones or while talking on the phone.
- Wear brightly colored clothing – Even during the day, wearing bright clothing can help draw drivers’ attention to a pedestrian on the roadway.
- Never walk while intoxicated – Pedestrians should avoid walking on roadways while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Use designated sidewalks and crosswalks – To avoid being involved in an accident, pedestrians should use sidewalks and designated crosswalks wherever possible.
Ultimately, the concern is safety; in light of this, pedestrians in Alabama should follow these tips, and do anything else possible to help stay safe while walking on the road.
Where to Turn if You Have Been Involved in an Accident – Cobb Boyd White & Cobb
Unfortunately, even after following the aforementioned safety tips, some pedestrians will be involved in a serious accident while walking in Alabama. And if you find yourself in this situation, or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in the Alabama, we encourage you to call us immediately. Our dedicated Dothan pedestrian accident attorneys at Cobb, Boyd, White & Cobb will walk you through each step of your case to help determine who was liable for the accident, and assist you in filing a claim to recover the compensation you deserve to recover and move forward with your life. Don’t hesitate to call us today at (334) 677-1000 or contact us online for a free consultation.