October 2020 is the first annual National Pedestrian Safety Month. With this designation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying in a special way to raise awareness of the dangers that pedestrians face. Newport Beach residents can probably name some of the factors that raise the risk for a pedestrian accident — distractions on the part of both pedestrians and drivers, jaywalking, alcohol abuse and so on.
What NHTSA will do in October
Each week in October, NHTSA will focus on a particular driving behavior that poses a threat to pedestrians. It will also post resources promoting safety on social media. People can even download a brochure entitled, “Safe Walking Tips for Youth.” NHTSA hopes that local community leaders will use these and other resources in their efforts to identify pedestrian safety issues and to develop improved safety plans.
Other NHTSA plans on the horizon
Pedestrians are by far the most vulnerable of all road users. In 2018, nearly 6,300 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. This came to an average of one fatality every 84 minutes. It’s important to keep in mind that, at one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian.
Bicyclists are just as vulnerable. It makes sense, then, that NHTSA is planning to conduct a National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors to see how well pedestrians and bicyclists know their traffic laws.
Injured pedestrians and personal injury law
If you suffered a personal injury as a pedestrian, you could be dealing with big medical bills and a long recovery process. Even if you contributed to the accident by breaking a traffic law, there’s still a chance of you recovering damages; it all depends on the degree of fault. Requesting a case evaluation from a lawyer could be a good idea. You may also want the lawyer to speak on your behalf at the negotiation table.