It’s that time of year, just days before the holiday, when many individuals are running around town trying to complete their last minute shopping. This is often the cause of hectic traffic on the roads and on the sidewalks. It is important to make sure you are aware of your surroundings because so many people on the road and walking can increase the risks of a pedestrian accident occurring. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our New York City pedestrian accident attorneys want to help you with tips to keep you safe if you will be walking around town to complete your last minute holiday shopping.
Watch for Traffic Signs
As a pedestrian, you must pay attention to the traffic signs and signals that drivers see. This helps you know when it is safe to cross the street, whether or not a driver is going to be slowing down, and more. If you have the right of way, any driver who causes a pedestrian accident can be found as negligent in a personal injury claim.
Pay Attention to Where You Are Walking
Pedestrians have their own form of traffic signs at crosswalks. The crossing sign helps you know when it is safe to begin walking across so that you have enough time to do so safely. Following this can help you avoid any unnecessary accidents.
Don’t Cross the Street Unless at a Crosswalk
The streets are bound to be just as busy as the walkways throughout the city, so it is important to use crosswalks during this time. There are so many cars on the road and one split second of not paying attention can cause a serious accident. It’s best to take the extra time to get to a crosswalk and keep yourself safe.
If you have been hit by a driver who was acting negligently or recklessly, know that you have rights. Our team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients after they have been harmed in pedestrian accidents. Call us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.