7 Tips for Pedestrian Safety
7 Tips for Pedestrian Safety

A Hesperia teenager was hospitalized last Friday after being hit by a car while running across the street, proving that reminders about pedestrian safety are always timely. Witnesses say the Sultana High School girl was rushing to cross Main Street east of G Avenue with a group of friends at around 3 p.m. when she was hit by a 2004 Ford vehicle.

The girl was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for unknown injuries. According to witnesses, the girl was not in a crosswalk and the driver was unable to brake in time. The driver immediately stopped and tried to help the victim while they awaited first responders. The accident shut down eastbound Main Street at G Avenue for two hours.

In 2013, more than 150,000 pedestrians in the U.S. were treated in emergency departments after being hit by a car, according to the CDC. The risk of pedestrian death increases in urban areas in non-intersection locations.

It’s crucial to practice safe pedestrian habits to avoid being in an accident. While some things are out of your control, there are several smart behaviors you can implement to keep yourself safe while walking. Here are 7 important tips for pedestrian safety:

  1. Always walk on the sidewalk if there is one available. If not, always walk facing traffic.
  2. Never assume a vehicle is going to stop for you.
  3. Always cross at crosswalks or intersections if possible.
  4. Always walk sober.
  5. Obey traffic signals, even if it looks like the coast is clear.
  6. Always look before you cross the street, even if traffic signals indicate that it’s safe.
  7. Don’t use a cell phone or headphones while crossing the street.

“We’re praying for this young lady’s speedy recovery,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.
DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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