As the holiday shopping season approaches, we can expect to see heavy traffic and full parking lots at malls and other commercial establishments. The increased traffic couples with long winter nights can increase the risk of accidents, particularly to pedestrians. When pedestrians are injured in motor vehicle accidents, their results can often be catastrophic and require intensive medical care. As a result, pedestrians who have been injured by negligent drivers may be able to recover for their losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The Clayton County personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured in pedestrian accidents recover, and work tirelessly to get each client we represent the best outcome possible.
According to several studies, pedestrian accidents tend to spike around the holiday season. Often, these accidents are occurring in busy parking lots where pedestrians and motor vehicles are in close proximity and without clearly marked lanes. Fortunately, there are many steps that pedestrians can take to reduce their risk of being involved in an accident. These include:
- Make yourself visible – Wear bright colors or retro-reflective clothing if walking at night. In addition, consider carrying a flashlight or some other source of light to make sure that drivers can see you.
- Use sidewalks – Whenever possible, use sidewalks and stay out of driving lanes. When not possible, walk facing traffic.
- Cross at crosswalks – Many accidents occur when a pedestrian is crossing the street. Cross at crosswalks when available, and always pay attention to traffic signals.
- Avoid distractions – While distracted driving is obviously dangerous, many people forget that distracted walking can also increase the risk of an accident. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly in heavy traffic conditions.
Contact a Clayton County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Clayton County personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.