The Downside to Walking
Now that it’s starting to heat up, a lot of people are ditching their cars and opting to walk instead. They save money on gas and improve their health- talk about killing two birds with one stone! And if that wasn’t enough reason to walk, there’s something about spending the day outside that just feels good. A day in the sun helps everyone get those feel-good vitamins that they weren’t getting in the cold winter months.
With all of these benefits of going for a walk, it seems like there’s no potential downside to taking a stroll. And for the most part, that’s true. Most of us would be hard-pressed to think of a good argument against living pedestrian life. However, pedestrian-related accidents are something that everyone should be aware of.
There are a lot of reasons that drivers can collide with a pedestrian. Distracted driving is probably one of the biggest causes. In the split-second that the driver takes to adjust their radio, a pedestrian has stepped out onto the road. Even if the driver slams on the brakes, they will still likely strike the person walking.
If the driver is distracted enough they might not realize that they’re speeding, making the crash all the more severe. Drunk driving can also impair judgment and coordination, slowing the driver’s reaction time so much that the pedestrian has no chances of staying safe.
In rural areas, the crosswalks and traffic signals often go years without getting the proper upgrades needed to be safe enough for pedestrians. Outdated technology can make a driver think that it safe to turn despite the person walking already being at the crosswalk. Consider a left turn. Most drivers keep an eye out for oncoming traffic while failing to consider a pedestrian crossing the street that they are turning onto, making a collision more likely to occur.
A collision between a car and a pedestrian is almost always deadlier for the pedestrian. The sheer force of the impact is bound to cause major trauma to the victim. If they survive, they will have injuries that are costly and will need a long time to recover. A distracted driver who caused the accident should be the one held liable for these damages, not the victim.
A Greenville personal injury law firm, Hammack Law Firm, believes in holding those at fault for the accident accountable for their actions. When a victim of a pedestrian accident receives the settlements that they deserve, they will be able to make a speedy recovery at little to no cost to them.
If your attempt at spending a nice day outside goes horribly wrong, make sure to fight for justice. One bad accident shouldn’t keep you inside any longer than absolutely necessary. Don’t let someone else’s lack of awareness ruin your summer- contact an attorney that will help you seek the damages that you deserve so you can have as much fun in the sun as possible.