The weather outside is gorgeous and as Chicagoans, we often get around on foot. With a few safety tips in mind, you can stay out of harm’s way, which is not totally uncommon when traveling as a pedestrian.
Pedestrian deaths have been increasing over the past decade, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA’s preliminary data indicate pedestrian deaths rose 4 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year. A pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in 2017. Even when pedestrian injuries aren’t fatal, they can be severe and life-altering.
We’re not sharing these statistics to stoke fear, but to increase awareness that there are safety issues you should be conscious of when you travel on foot. With the following precautionary items in mind, you can travel safely:
- Use the sidewalk or other pedestrian walkway whenever one is present
- Walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk, and get as far away from the traffic as you can
- Cross at crosswalks and intersections whenever possible
- Wear bright and colorful clothing if you’re traveling on foot so you’ll be more visible to motorists
- Don’t assume motorists see you when you’re crossing the road – try to make eye contact with the driver first or at least wait until the vehicle slows to a stop to walk in front of it
- Leave your earbuds out if you are going to be crossing traffic – you want to be able to hear a car horn, approaching vehicle or someone trying to get your attention
- Don’t use your phone while you are crossing or sharing the area with motorists – distraction may cause you to make a serious mistake
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Chicago, Oak Park, Berwyn, Cicero or the surrounding areas, please contact Sklare Law Group for a free case evaluation by calling 312-263-0771. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers will make sure you know your options for getting compensated for your injuries.