Pedestrians in Illinois are often the most vulnerable victims of motor vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians die in 48 percent of motor vehicle accidents that happen on the roads all over the country. Those who live, often suffer from serious injuries and face difficult recoveries.
Motorists are obligated to use caution, safe driving skills, proper knowledge and to adhere to all traffic rules, laws and signs to keep the roads safe. Those who fail to do so, increase the number of car collisions that occur and endanger pedestrians. Fortunately, pedestrians can take measures to keep themselves from being involved and injured in car accidents.
Follow traffic rules
Motorists are not the only ones who must follow traffic laws. Pedestrians must adhere to them too. When they do not, the risk of them being hit by vehicles skyrockets.
Distractions and inattentiveness are the leading reasons so many pedestrians are ending up hurt and dead in car accidents, states NPR.org. Motorists and pedestrians are so engrossed in their cellphones and mobile devices that they fail to pay attention to the traffic conditions around them. People walking down the street while distracted are unable to see hazardous conditions. As a result, they have little to no reaction time when an adverse event occurs.
Wear clothes that enhance visibility
Some people who walk, run and ride their bikes are not easy to see, especially during the early morning and evening hours when it is dark outside and less illumination. They should wear brighter and reflective colors so that motorists can see them too.
It is important for pedestrians and motorists to work together to create ideal traffic conditions that minimize the risk of car accidents and injuries. When either party slacks in their duties, they risk becoming victims with serious injuries and dying.