As the weather gets warmer, many people will be going outside to enjoy the fresh air and take a walk. It’s important for pedestrians to know how to stay safe and there are some tips that drivers can keep in mind to avoid causing an accident.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. They should not, however, leave the curb and walk or run into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Pedestrians also need to obey traffic signals.
It’s helpful for pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings, including not walking and texting at the same time. If pedestrians are walking at night, they may want to consider wearing reflective clothing.
Drivers in West Virginia are required to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.
Drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop when they are approaching a crosswalk. They also cannot pass other vehicles stopped in a crosswalk.
Road and weather conditions can also cause pedestrian accidents so it’s important for drivers to slow down in these situations. It can also be hard to see pedestrians at night so drivers should take extra care when traveling in the dark.
Drivers should also be aware of people who are working on construction or maintenance projects on the roadway.
Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer injuries ranging from cuts, scrapes and bruises to broken bones and traumatic injuries. They may face significant medical expenses and lost wages if they have to miss work in order to heal.
An experienced attorney can provide guidance to victims about next steps, including how to pursue a claim for compensation they may be entitled to under the law.