Halloween is in a few weeks; the leaves are changing; people are getting out of the house to enjoy some fresh air before it gets too cold. What all these things mean is that October is a month when roadways see an increase in pedestrian traffic.
Whether you are walking downtown or in your neighborhood, you should be able to feel safe and protected from a severe accident. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is prioritizing this goal by designating October National Pedestrian Safety Month.
Measures to improve pedestrian safety
The agency is providing resources and information to help local jurisdictions improve pedestrian safety. Further, each week during the month, the NHTSA is focusing on the dangerous driving behaviors that put pedestrians in danger.
For instance, some of the most dangerous driving behaviors that endanger pedestrians include:
- Driving while distracted by a phone
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failing to look for pedestrians before turning
- Not stopping at crosswalks
These behaviors and driving habits put pedestrians at severe risk of getting struck by a motor vehicle. By calling attention to them and providing states and communities with more support to tackle negligent, reckless driving, the NHTSA hopes to keep pedestrians safer.
What happens to pedestrians in a crash?
Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable on the road. In a crash, pedestrians have no protection from the impact. They can experience:
- Broken bones
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal bleeding
- Crushing injuries
Considering how catastrophic these injuries can be, motorists must make every effort to drive safely around pedestrians. If they do not, they can and should be accountable for the damages they cause. If you do end up getting hurt in a pedestrian accident, you can call 814-833-2222 to talk to the attorneys at The Quinn Law Firm about your legal options.
Whether you are driving in your car or walking your dog, pedestrian safety should always be a priority. This month, in particular, can be a good time to adjust dangerous habits and reprioritize safety to ensure everyone reaches their destinations safely.