Pedestrian Safety Tips for New Yorkers
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Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for New Yorkers, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. That's why in a bustling city like New York, pedestrians should always practice safety first. Never put yourself at risk just because you're in a hurry. Pedestrian accidents can happen in a split second.
Our attorneys at Giampa Law are well experienced in handling pedestrian accident cases. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to take your claim seriously from the start. Schedule a free consultation with us today.
Safety tips for pedestrians
There are precautions pedestrians can take while walking and crossing the street in New York. Implementing these safeguards will greatly reduce the chances of being injured in a pedestrian accident:
- Make yourself visible: Always wear light colored clothing or reflective gear while walking. When crossing the street, avoid large vehicles, parked cars, trees, large plants or anything that can prevent drivers from seeing you. At night, you should always carry a flashlight or cross the street in well-lit areas.
- Be aware of traffic: Always look both ways before crossing the street and obey traffic signals. Watch out for turning vehicles and speeders. Never assume that a driver will stop, even when you have the right away. Always stay on the sidewalk if there is one. If there is no sidewalk, you should walk along the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
- Avoid distractions: Keep your attention on the road and your surroundings. Avoid using cellphones and headphones when crossing the street. A pedestrian accident can happen unexpectedly. Walking while distracted puts you at risk.
- Avoid walking under the influence of drugs and alcohol: Stay sober while walking. Using drugs and alcohol impairs your judgement and reaction time, putting you at risk.
Our law firm can help
Nobody plans for a pedestrian accident. But following simple safety precautions reduces your chances of getting hit. In the unexpected event that a pedestrian accident occurs, the driver will be held responsible.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. Always obtain a police report, witness information, and photos of the accident scene. And get an attorney on your side immediately. You can trust our law firm to take care of your claim. We know how to hold negligent drivers - and their insurance companies - accountable for your losses.