Pedestrian accidents account for hundreds of injuries each year in the
state of Hawaii. Victims may suffer serious trauma, including spinal cord
injuries, lacerations, burns, crushed limbs, traumatic brain injuries,
and internal hemorrhaging. At our firm, we care about the health well-being
of our clients. That is why we want to equip you with information that
could help you avoid an accident. As you are shopping or walking along
Hawaii’s busy streets, there are steps you can take to increase
your safety as a pedestrian.
Increase your visibility. As a pedestrian, you might not be easily seen by drivers. Especially in
foggy or rainy weather, you need to intentionally make yourself more visible
to those on the road. This involves wearing bright colored clothing or
even reflective gear (particularly if you are walking on the street at
night), and making eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
Many pedestrian accidents happen at intersections or crosswalks. While
drivers have a responsibility to exercise caution and drive safely, they
might not see you until it is too late. Thus, by being more visible and
making eye contact with drivers, you can help avoid a crash.
Obey All Traffic Laws. As a pedestrian, you have the responsibility to obey all traffic laws.
You should avoid jaywalking across the street, and you should comply with
the “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signs at intersections.
Furthermore, you should stay on the sidewalk and avoid walking on the
street or in a marked bike lane. By obeying these traffic laws, you can
increase your safety and do your part to prevent an accident.
Remain Vigilant. The best thing you can do as a pedestrian is to remain focused on the road.
It is easy to become distracted, and to take your safety for granted.
However, just like being distracted while driving is dangerous, being
distracted while walking along the street is also risky. Whether you have
children, you are listening to music, or you are admiring Hawaii’s
beautiful scenery, it is still important to pay attention to your surroundings.
If a car runs a red light or jumps the curb, you must be able to take
immediate action and avoid being hit. Furthermore, you should avoid walking
out from between parked cars. It is also a good idea to avoid drinking
alcohol if you will be walking along the roads, especially at night. By
remaining focused and aware of your surroundings, you can decrease your
chances of an accident.
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner Is Here to Help. Call (808) 518-2120 Today.
At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we provide compassionate legal assistance
to victims of pedestrian crashes. We will conduct a thorough investigation
to determine who is responsible for your injuries, and will help you file
a claim within the statute of limitations. Our team of
Honolulu personal injury lawyers is dedicated to helping clients pursue justice. If a negligent or reckless
driver ran into you, we will work diligently from start to finish as you
seek the compensation you deserve.
today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.