Whether California residents enjoy walking as a way to get around town or they walk to get to work, they are extremely vulnerable against their fellow motorists. In fact, an average of 430 people around the country suffer injuries from a pedestrian accident each day that require emergency treatment. Due to the dangers, pedestrians should take time to learn how they can keep themselves safe while they walk.

While all pedestrians are at risk for becoming involved in a knockdown, there are a few groups who are at higher risks than others. Those between the ages of 15 to 29 years of age are more likely to go to the emergency room due to injuries. Children are also more vulnerable due to inexperience when it comes to vehicle speed and distances. Pedestrians who have blood alcohol contents that are higher than the legal limit are also at greater risk.

There are certain safety tips that pedestrians should keep in mind. They should always cross at a designated crosswalk if possible. If there is no sidewalk, they should walk on the road shoulder facing traffic. Avoiding electronic devices that take attention off the road should be avoided. Those who are walking at night should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.

A person who is hit by a car could suffer serious injuries that could require expensive medical treatment and physical therapy. If the pedestrian had the right of way, then the motorist could be held financially responsible for the victim’s medical expenses and other losses through a personal injury lawsuit filed with an attorney’s assistance.