Drivers and pedestrians alike have a responsibility to use the road safely so that everyone can get to their destinations without incident. When a driver is distracted or behaves unsafely, she or he may put a pedestrian in danger. Likewise, when a pedestrian does not use caution and take preventative steps to prevent an accident, she or he may be badly hurt in a collision. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, our Waukesha car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are committed to helping you recover the injury compensation that you may deserve.
Tips for Drivers
It can be easy for drivers to get impatient while driving, especially after a long day at work or when running late. However, motorists must remember that one reckless move can be deadly for a pedestrian. A human being is no match for two tons of steel, and drivers must keep in mind that no car trip is worth someone’s life. Below is a list of tips that can help motorists stay safe around pedestrian traffic:
- Always yield to crosswalks, both on a street and at an intersection
- Look for pedestrians on the sidewalk or at the corner who may be waiting to cross
- Follow the speed limit. The slower you are traveling, the more likely it is that you will be able to stop suddenly and avoid a serious collision
- Brake well in advance of a stop sign or red light so that pedestrians feel safe to cross and drivers behind you know to slow down
Tips for Pedestrians
While drivers must yield to pedestrians, it is also the pedestrian’s responsibility to do everything he or she can to see and be seen. The more visible and predictable you are, the less likely it is that you will be hurt in an accident. Some tips that can help pedestrians use the roads safely include:
- Cross at crosswalks and at intersections. Never try to run across a busy street between traffic.
- Wait for your turn to cross the street. Trying to “jump the light” could cause you to be hit by a turning motorist who does not see you.
- If there are no sidewalks available, choose another route or travel against traffic so that you can see oncoming vehicles.
- When walking early in the morning or evening, wear light colored clothing and a flashing light so that drivers are aware of your presence.
Following these few tips as either a driver or pedestrian can help you avoid a costly accident. Sometimes, however, a distracted or reckless driver may hit a pedestrian even when he or she is using the road safely and properly. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a negligent motorist, we are prepared to fight on your behalf for your right to compensation for your injuries and damages.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our lawyers understand how devastating a pedestrian accident can be and we are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit, please contact the Waukesha personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.