A pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in a traffic accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). Following pedestrian laws is a great start to preventing accidents – but additional steps may even further reduce risk.
Preventing a pedestrian accident:
- always walk on the crosswalk: according to the pedestrian laws of Iowa, pedestrians always have the right of way when they cross at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection when there are no traffic control signals.
- look both ways before crossing: although there are laws in Iowa regarding the right-of-way for pedestrians, an individual must always exercise extreme caution even when using crosswalks or crossing roads at designated crossing points. Always stop before entering a roadway and look both ways to ensure it is safe to do so.
- wear bright colors at night: wearing light and bright colors at night could make a pedestrian more visible to motorists even from a distance.
Unfortunately, following all the rules and regulations of the road and the tips above does not guarantee safety for a pedestrian. Pedestrians hit by vehicles through no fault of their own can claim compensation for damages.
Damages pedestrians can request include:
- medical bills;
- lost wages during recovery; and
- even pain and suffering related to the accident and resulting injuries.
Legal Assistance for Pedestrians in Iowa
If you’ve been in an accident, speak to an attorney who can gather the relevant pieces of information and weave these into a foolproof case. Walker, Billingsley, & Bair can help if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident despite having followed the rules of the road. Call us at (641) 792-3595 to set up a consultation about your case.