WJTV reports on an I-55 crash that seriously injured a pedestrian. According to authorities, the accident caused a 1.5-hour traffic delay. The current condition of the pedestrian has not been reported.
This crash is an unfortunate reminder that pedestrian accidents are likely to end with severe injuries—especially when high speeds are involved. If you were hit by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages.
William E. Ballard is a car wreck attorney in Jackson who can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 769-572-5111 today to schedule a free consultation at Ballard Law, PLLC.
4 Tips to Help Pedestrians Avoid Accidents
Fatal pedestrian accidents are far too common in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 4,735 pedestrians died in 2013, and one pedestrian suffered an injury every 8 minutes.
Although you cannot control the actions of drivers, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in a pedestrian crash. The following four tips are particularly effective:
- Wear a Reflective Vest or Bright Clothing
Making yourself visible to drivers is perhaps the most effective strategy for preventing pedestrian accidents. Wear a reflective vest or bright clothing—especially if you are walking at night. You should also wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight to help drivers see you from a distance.
- Do Not Walk while Distracted
You may already know that distracted driving can be deadly, but many people underestimate the danger of “distracted walking.” Between 2000 and 2011, at least 11,000 people died due to distracted walking, according to the National Safety Council.
- Use Crosswalks
A pedestrian accident is less likely to happen if drivers can anticipate your actions and respond accordingly. It is important, then, that you only cross the road where drivers expect to see you—such as at crosswalks. If no crosswalk is available, it is best to cross at an intersection.
- Make Eye Contact with Drivers
Just because you have the right of way does not mean that drivers are paying attention. Motorists who text, eat behind the wheel, and engage in other distracting behaviors might not be cognizant of your actions. One way to find out if a driver has seen you is to make eye contact. If the motorist is looking down as if at a smartphone, then do not walk in front of the vehicle.
Unfortunately, even the most diligent pedestrians can fall victim to drunk, distracted, and negligent drivers. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash, turn to Ballard Law, PLLC.
William E. Ballard will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent you in court. Call 769-572-5111 to arrange a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Jackson.