Look Both Ways? There Is More to Pedestrian Safety Than That
Pedestrian safety is no joke. In 2007, approximately 2,700 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in British Columbia.
What’s more, following simple pedestrian safety rules could have prevented some of these Vancouver pedestrian accident injuries. Some of the most important safety precautions are:
- Avoid distractions when walking around dangerous roads. Focus on what’s going on around you!
- Use intersections and crosswalks. Avoid crossing the road when cars are at their highest speeds.
- Watch for turning vehicles when crossing the street. Just because you have the right of way doesn’t mean they will stop.
- Wear white or another light color after dark. This will help you be more visible.
- Don’t dart out from between parked cars. Other drivers are not expecting you and may have a harder time stopping
- Walk defensively. Don’t assume drivers will see you or respect your rights. Take responsibility for your own safety.
Sometimes, all the safety precautions in the world won’t stop a dangerous accident. Walking the roads around British Columbia is risky business.
If you have been injured—or if your friend or relative has been killed—in a British Columbia pedestrian accident, you need to call us right away. You may have a case to recover damages after the fact, but time may be running out and the insurance companies are already building a case against you.
Go to war with the experienced fighters at McComb Witten, a Vancouver personal injury law firm. You can schedule a free consultation for a time that is convenient for you by calling (604) 255-9018.