Incidents involving pedestrians tend to rise during late summer. They continue to climb throughout the rest of the year. Of course, an accident involving a pedestrian can happen at any time of the year. It will be up to you to do all that you can to avoid them and stay safe on Massachusetts roads.
The rate of pedestrian accidents is growing
The rate of motor vehicle accidents hurting pedestrians continues to climb. Since 2009, the total number of accidents has increased by a huge percentage. An estimated 7,330 people were killed in this type of accident in 2016.
Safety measures are also increasing, but it should be noted that even the most stringent safety measures can fail when they continue to be ignored by both pedestrians and drivers. Warning signs are in place at pedestrian and road crossings for a reason. If you don’t heed them, you can place yourself and others at a very serious risk.
What should you do after an accident?
It will be your duty to make sure that you take all of the necessary safety measures to avoid an accident. Injuries to pedestrians can be a great deal more severe as pedestrians don’t have the extra protection a vehicle can provide.
If you do get in an accident, you need to seek medical help as soon as you can. As you do so, make sure that you get copies of all of the documents that are related to your medical care, tests, prescriptions and more. This will give you the evidence you need to show your expenses when you present your claim for compensation to your insurance company.