Police Warn North Dakota Pedestrians About Accident Dangers
Pedestrian accidents are certainly nothing new, but they have a devastating impact when they happen. As temperatures are on the rise across North Dakota, police are warning pedestrians to be even more careful.
Despite the fact that there are plenty of designated walking zones and walking to and from destinations is becoming a more popular activity, drivers are not always aware of pedestrians. Sometimes, a pedestrian caught in a driver’s blind spot can cause an accident, but other times, it’s the fault of a driver who is not paying proper attention to the road. Regardless of how the accident happens, pedestrians generally sustain the most serious injuries.
Police across North Dakota are warning that as the weather warms up, more pedestrians will be out and about, walking in communities. In 2014, nearly 500 individuals were hurt in vehicle accidents in North Dakota alone.
Accidents are most likely to happen when children leave school. This is because there are more pedestrians on the road and children are smaller, making it more difficult to spot them from a vehicle. It’s not just the surge of young children leaving schools in the afternoon that cause the problem, however. College students too, can contribute to more pedestrian traffic. Individuals who are on their phones while crossing the street, or otherwise not paying attention, may not be aware of hazards in their way and can end up being the victim in a critical car accident.
You cannot always count on drivers to pay attention behind the wheel and you may end up paying the price in the form of serious injuries if you are not aware of your surroundings while walking. Pedestrians can minimize the unfortunate consequences of critical accidents by being aware, wearing brightly colored clothing, and always following road rules and laws.
If you have already suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, getting medical attention should be your first priority. After you have spoken with medical professionals and determined your course of treatment, you need to reach out to an experienced North Dakota personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. As an accident victim, you may be eligible to file for compensation for your injuries. It’s never easy to cope with life post-accident, but you can make things much easier for yourself by getting legal advice immediately. Contact the Minot, North Dakota accident attorneys at Larson Law Firm, P.C. at 866-309-1777, or 701-839-1777, or we can be reached online to schedule a free initial consultation.