A Matter Of Negligence
Crosswalks and stop signs around Dallas might seem like a nuisance, but they are strategically placed to maximize the safety of drivers and pedestrians alike. In spite of laws and safety features on the streets, pedestrian accidents occur far too often. In a collision with a vehicle, a pedestrian is most likely to come out hurt the worst, which is why drivers and pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings.
Pedestrian accidents are usually the result of negligence. Either a driver is not paying attention when a pedestrian has the right of way, or a pedestrian is not paying attention when drivers have the right of way. In crosswalks in Dallas, pedestrians have the right of way if there is no signal light. At a signal light, pedestrians have the right of way when the ‘Walk’ signal appears.
What To Do About Pedestrian Accidents
Preventing a pedestrian accident is more a matter of simply paying close attention. Pedestrians should not be listening to loud music that can cover up the noise of traffic, and they should not be operating their phones while walking along or crossing the street. Likewise, drivers should be paying attention to their surroundings and safely giving the right of way to pedestrians crossing the street.
If you are in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to contact emergency services right away. If possible, the pedestrian should not be moved; however, it is also important to ensure everyone is in a safe place to avoid further injury. Take down information from any witnesses, and get the police report number if possible. You might also consider consulting with a Dallas personal injury lawyer about the incident.
If you witness an accident, call 911 or emergency services, then help to ensure everyone’s safety until emergency services arrives at the scene. Give your statement and contact information to the police in case they need to contact you later. In any accident, if you can safely take pictures to indicate the location, damages, and weather, it’s a good idea to do so, particularly if it will help your case.