Who wouldn't love to take a relaxing stroll among the scenic beauty and expansive views of Hawaii? Whether you live in Honolulu or just love to visit from time to time, hitting the pavement on foot can be a wonderful means of travel. The only thing is that you will not be alone as you walk along island streets. This state capital is one of the busiest places in the nation!
Motorists are obligated to adhere to all traffic regulations to keep you and other pedestrians as safe as possible. Walkers, too, have certain responsibilities that enable them to navigate roadways and reach their destinations unharmed.
Top pedestrian dangers
Many devastating accidents occur every year that involve pedestrians. The following list shows some of the greatest risks:
- Drunk drivers: Menaces to all who share the road, intoxicated drivers pose particular risks to those traveling on foot.
- Walking under the influence: Just as drinking alcohol then driving a car can be dangerous (and, potentially illegal) it is likewise not typically the best idea to walk where there is nearby traffic if you're under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Texting: Again, equally dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians, those who text do best to use their devices from safe positions - meaning, not behind the wheel of a car, nor while walking. Many accidents have even occurred when pedestrians using texting devices have fallen into open holes in the ground or bumped into objects in front of them, resulting in head injuries.
- Reckless drivers: Excessive speed doesn't fare well for most motorists, especially if they can't stop in time when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk.
- Distracted drivers: Just as potentially dangerous to foot travelers are drivers not paying attention to the road. Many such drivers have run pedestrians down, then later stated that they hadn't even seen them before their accidents occurred.
Being aware of these risks may help you avoid injury. Data shows that at least 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at night. So, it might also be helpful to carry a bright flashlight when walking past sunset hours, or it could prove beneficial to limit your pedestrian activity to daytime. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are the most dangerous places in the nation to be a pedestrian.
What if you're hit?
Injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic or fatal. Many who survive their injuries still end up with partial or full disability. Not to mention how terrifying it would be to simply be crossing a street with the appropriate traffic signals in a crosswalk, and the next thing you know, you're lying on the stretcher in a the back of an ambulance.
It may take a long time to recover from your injuries. You might have to take time off work or even undergo surgery. Although you may have plenty encouragement from loved ones and support from your employer, you also have the right to seek restitution for your suffering. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim against the motorist deemed responsible for your injuries. A successfully litigated claim can help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses.