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Taking measures to reduce the odds of pedestrian accidents

As warmer weather approaches, many individuals in Louisiana may choose to opt out of driving a motor vehicle and travel from place to place on foot. While a similar decision may come with a variety of potential benefits, it could also prove dangerous at times. Since pedestrian accidents run the risk of being some of the most catastrophic incidents a person can experience, knowing the steps to take to reduce the odds of a collision could be essential to staying safe.

Perhaps one of the most prevalent concerns for those who walk near traffic is the inherent decrease in visibility. To increase the odds that a driver will notice a pedestrian, a person could consider wearing bright-colored clothing and staying clear of obstructions. It is also advisable to walk in well-lit areas when possible, and make use of reflectors and flash lights where necessary.

Pedestrians may also find it advisable to remain alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. Upon approaching an intersection, a person should also proceed with caution before crossing the street. Even if a pedestrian has the right of way at an intersection, simply assuming that a vehicle will yield and allow a person to cross could prove detrimental.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents do occur, and those who suffer serious harm due to the negligent actions of another party may wish to pursue restitution accordingly. Since the civil justice system can be complex, a person in Louisiana could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney. An attorney can evaluate the incident thoroughly and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a personal injury claim against the party deemed culpable.

Source: pedbikeinfo.org, "Safety Tips for Pedestrians", Accessed on April 26, 2018

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