In a contest between a pedestrian and a motorist, the person outside the car draws the short straw. Even though walking is healthy for you, some Massachusetts residents find that it comes with significant risks of car/motor vehicle accidents.
Contributing factors to pedestrian accidents
Some drivers are quick to blame the pedestrians. They claim that they jaywalk or pay no attention when crossing streets. However, there are other factors in play that are far more commonly the issue. For example, car/motor vehicle accidents involving larger pickup trucks are becoming more common since these vehicles’ blind spots are getting bigger.
Moreover, many drivers text while operating their cars, look away to change the radio station, or are otherwise distracted. Of course, some drivers blatantly break the law by driving while intoxicated, speeding, or driving through a red light.
Minimizing your risk while walking
One of the most important things for a pedestrian to remember is making eye contact with a driver before crossing a street. Never assume that the driver sees you.
Besides that, stay on the sidewalk and stay as far away from the curb as you can. If you find yourself in a place where there are no sidewalks, walk on the side of the street that faces traffic. It goes without saying that you must pay attention and not be texting or reading while walking.
While crossing streets, use crosswalks and lights. A driver who might otherwise have some distractions will look for you in these areas. If these crossing aids are not in place, move to a well-lit space to cross. It makes you more visible and allows you a better look at traffic.
If, in spite of your best efforts, a car hits you, consider discussing your situation with an attorney to protect your rights.