A pedestrian was injured on September 8th when she was hit by a sports utility vehicle while crossing an intersection at New Hyde Park Road in Nassau. According to Nassau County law enforcement, the driver was traveling north on the road and failed to stop in time for the woman, which resulted in a pedestrian accident.
The New York State Department of Health has found that there are 3,027 hospitalizations each year as a result of pedestrian accidents. While the rates are highest among males and those 65 years of age and older, no one in New York state is entirely safe from the risk of being injured in pedestrian accidents. To substantially reduce the risk of being harmed by one of these accidents, however, pedestrians can follow the following helpful suggestions:
Pedestrians Should Only Walk in Designated Crossing Sections
Even during the pandemic, the New York State Department of Transportation puts great effort into making sure that roads remain safe for both drivers and pedestrians. If you are a pedestrian, make sure to only use designated crossing areas so drivers can anticipate when and where you will cross the road. If you decide to suddenly cross the road in an undesignated area, your chances of being struck by a vehicle are much greater.
Never Assume Drivers can See You
Not all motor vehicle drivers pay attention in every situation. Instead, things like intoxicated or distracted driving can prevent a motorist from noticing pedestrians who are crossing the road. Pedestrians should never rely on the assumption that a driver can see them. Instead, pedestrians should make sure that drivers stop before walking and only cross the road when it is safe to do so.
Remain Observant of the Surroundings
Unfortunately, just because the driver of a vehicle in front of you can see you, this does not mean that other nearby vehicle drivers can, as well. Instead, approaching motorists might try to drive around the stopped vehicle as you are crossing the street. Remain on the lookout for any other vehicles that could harm you as you pass through a crossing area. It is up to you to make sure that your surroundings are safe before crossing the street.
Keep Your Ears Open
In addition to motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians must share the road with bicyclists, runners, and scooter riders, among others. Others in the road should notify you of their approach, but they do not always do so. It is a good idea to listen as best you can for approaching parties. While you are listening, it is also best to determine if you can hear things like defective or speeding vehicles in the distance.
Speak with a Knowledgeable Long Island Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were harmed by a motor vehicle while walking, you are likely facing many overwhelming complications including life-changing injuries. As the victim of a pedestrian accident, remember that you have a right to pursue compensation. Contact Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today to schedule a free case evaluation with our pedestrian accident lawyers.